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Scottish government urged to use devolved powers on child poverty

Calls for commitment to topping up child element of universal credit to meet 2030 targets.

Future-proofed against austerity: new Scottish social security system

Independent body will check that changes preserve human rights before Holyrood gets vote.

Scotland plans to become the UK’s first ‘living wage nation’

The Scottish Government has outlined plans to increase the number of workers earning the "real living wage".

Scotland urged to take action on fuel poverty as thousands die from cold homes

Campaigners call on the Scottish Government to improve the energy efficiency of Scotland's homes.

Labour leadership hopeful says new tax credit proposal could lift 50,000 children out of poverty

The proposal would see an extra £10 a week go to children from low-income Scottish families.

Scotland calls for halt on universal credit

Northern Ireland also expresses concerns, putting launch of flagship welfare reform in doubt.

Return of the Tory milk snatchers

UK Government urged to commit to funding school milk subsidies after Brexit.

Tory welfare cuts ‘pushing people into poverty and homelessness’

Shelter Scotland says welfare changes 'directly threaten tenancies and risk pushing more people into homelessness'.

Young Scottish carers to benefit from extra financial support

Package includes £300 grant for young carers aged 16 to 18 who do at least 16 hours of caring a week, but do not qualify for Carer’s Allowance.

Scottish Government seeks reassurances over disability benefit cuts

Scottish Health Secretary Shona Robison is seeking assurances there will be no cuts to disability benefits for people set to benefit from ‘Frank’s Law’.

Welfare cuts will leave low income families ‘thousands of pounds worse off’

Scottish Government report finds that 'taking money away from low income families makes no economic sense'.

Thousands of Scottish children at risk of poverty and homelessness thanks to Tory benefits cap

Scottish Green Party call on the Scottish Government to help mitigate the devastating effects of the lower benefits cap on children in Scotland.

Scottish Social Security Bill ‘leaves door open’ for means-testing winter fuel allowance

Labour say the SNP must be honest with voters about its plans for winter fuel allowance.

Scotland’s social security system will have ‘dignity and respect at its heart’

Anti-poverty campaigners welcome the introduction of a new 'Social Security Bill' for Scotland.

Scottish work programme destined to fail, says SCVO

Third-sector organisations warn the new 'Fair Start Scotland' scheme will fail without 'high-quality specialised support'.

SNP vow to kick the private sector out of Scotland’s benefit assessment system

Social Security Minister Jeane Freeman confirms that there will be no contracting with the private sector for social security benefit assessments.

SNP Conference: Jobcentre closures will harm society’s most vulnerable

The SNP conference has strongly condemned UK government plans to close Jobcentres in Scotland.

‘Reckless’ Tory plans for a further £3.5bn in cuts will hit Britain’s poorest hardest

SNP say further cuts at a time when Britain is on the brink of Brexit is 'reckless', and warn the poorest will be hit hardest.

Scottish Government seeks assurances over ‘bedroom tax’ abolition

Fears Scots who benefit from the Scottish Government's desire to abolish bedroom tax could fall into the Tories' benefit cap trap.

Jobcentre closures will increase the risk of benefit sanctions, say SNP

Fears closures 'will cause real difficulty and hardship for thousands of people'.

Homeless families in Scotland spend too long in temporary housing, say Shelter

The average time homeless families with children spend in temporary housing has increased by almost 20% over the past two years.




Tory welfare cuts ‘£3bn deeper than expected’

New figures reveal the freeze on working age benefits will erode household incomes much more deeply than originally forecast.

Corbyn urged to win votes by pledging £10bn more on care for disabled elderly

Fabian Society research identifies shortfall in funding for 1.2 million older people.

Terminally ill to be given priority over benefit underpayments, says McVey

Work and Pensions Secretary vowed to prioritise "any individuals whom we know from our systems to be terminally ill".

Austerity will have cast an extra 1.5m children into poverty by 2021

Lone-parents, disabled children and ethnic minorities will be among worst-hit, says EHRC.

Childcare voucher changes delayed after Commons debate

Government agrees to keep system open for six more months after pressure from Labour.

Reverse universal credit cuts, Iain Duncan Smith tells chancellor

Thinktank says 340,000 people could be taken out of poverty if Philip Hammond takes action.