Fairer Scotland

  • A social security system that puts people first

    28th April 2017 by

    Yesterday, in the Scottish Parliament, I ruled out the use of private companies in assessing people for the benefits that will be delivered under Scotland’s new social security system. This was a proud moment. Profit should never ever be a motive in these important assessments and I wanted to let the people who will be...

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  • 50/50 on public boards

    21st April 2017 by

    Guest blog from Hala Ousta, a recent apppointment to the sportscotland board which has now achieved 50/50 gender representation.

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  • Having a warm and safe home should not be a privilege

    14th April 2017 by

    Living in a home that’s cold and draughty because it’s too expensive to heat is miserable. For some families renting in the private sector, this is sadly their reality. Although we know that most private landlords ensure that the properties they rent are well-insulated and affordable to live in, it’s clear that there are also...

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  • “Be part of something that will change the lives of many others”

    7th April 2017 by

    The creation of a new social security system for Scotland is one of the biggest challenges ahead of the Scottish Government – and one of the most exciting. Because we are doing things differently and shaping a fair system built on the knowledge and direct personal experience of those who are using, or have recently...

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  • Young lad going into the world of work in Scottish Government

    4th April 2017 by

    Hopes for my work experience week This week I am going to be working in the Scottish Government, mostly in the social justice and social security divisions. I hope to gain an understanding of what working in the government is actually like and apply my new skills from the ‘Communicating Effectively’ training course I attended....

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  • 1,000 down, 1,000 to go

    28th March 2017 by

    1,000 people have now signed up for our Experience Panels - Social Security Minister Jeane Freeman encourages more to come forward

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  • Investing in equality

    21st March 2017 by

    It should come as no surprise that, as Equalities Secretary, creating a fairer and more equal Scotland is something I’m passionate about. But it’s something that is becoming more important in this changing political landscape. Brexit has, unfortunately, been a factor in the raising of racial tensions and abuse in the UK, according to Home...

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  • Building change for Scotland – reflections on a big week for housing

    17th March 2017 by

    This week has been full of important announcements and milestones for affordable housing in Scotland. At the start of the week the Cabinet Secretary announced that over £590 million will be made available for 2017/18 to increase the supply of affordable homes in Scotland. I was so pleased to see this announcement being made –...

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  • Being bold on International Women’s Day

    8th March 2017 by

    Be bold for change. It’s a simple message for this year’s International Women’s Day and one we can all get behind. This international day is a chance to celebrate women’s achievements, contributions and gains. And it is also an opportunity to look at what more can, and should, be done to ensure equality in Scotland,...

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  • Jeane Freeman: A social security system based on dignity and respect

    7th March 2017 by

    Social Security Minister, Jeane Freeman, writes in the Daily Record today about putting dignity and respect at the heart of Scotland’s new social security system – as a new campaign is launched to encourage more people to claim the benefits they are entitled to. Read the full piece here: “In my first ten months as...

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