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Around one in six Scottish pensioners are living in poverty and struggling to pay bills or put food on the table.
Funding is down at two-thirds of local authorities across England, Wales and Scotland, data reveals.
Calls for commitment to topping up child element of universal credit to meet 2030 targets.
Independent body will check that changes preserve human rights before Holyrood gets vote.
Northern Ireland also expresses concerns, putting launch of flagship welfare reform in doubt.
Labour leader, visiting Coatbridge as part of tour of marginal constituencies, says DWP cost-cutting will hurt town’s economy.
A pilot scheme giving away sanitary products through food banks aims to help low-income women and break down taboos.
Scottish National Party makes ending the Tory austerity programme its top priority.
Nicola Sturgeon accuses Scottish Tory leader of ‘utterly shameful’ behaviour by refusing to denounce UK government policy.
Two councils, Fife and Glasgow, are investigating idea of offering everyone a fixed income regardless of earnings.
SNP MP calls for benefit sanctions to be halted over the festive period.
Holyrood can exempt Scots taking part from having benefits stopped or cut thanks to newly devolved welfare powers.
Social security minister Jeane Freeman accuses opponents of ‘careless disregard for the impact their words have on the people they claim to represent'.
Holyrood would like this power repatriated from Westminster – around 80,000 Scots have been sanctioned in this way since 2010.
Scottish parliament hears about women and girls using newspaper and socks as ‘period poverty’ is debated for first time.
Ministers to consider negative connotations of language of benefits ahead of creation of social security agency.
First minister announces consultation on bill that could enshrine Scottish strategy on child poverty in law.
SNP MP says proposals to scrutinise women who have third child due to rape was stigmatising and has no place in the 21st century.
Nicola Sturgeon has threatened to demand a second independence referendum unless David Cameron reverses his welfare cuts and halts plans to renew Trident.
Holyrood wants to leave UK child poverty commission headed by former Labour cabinet minister Alan Milburn.
Nicola Sturgeon says her party offered the only opposition to the Conservatives, after slamming Labour for abstaining from a crucial vote on welfare reforms.
Between 70,000 and 150,000 estimated to have marched in central London, with demonstrations in Glasgow, Liverpool and Bristol.
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