Rebecca Whyte

Written 11 posts

Tackling Child Poverty

29th August 2015

Hanna McCulloch (Policy and Parliamentary Officer, Child Poverty Action Group in Scotland). Everyone with an interest in child wellbeing has had their capacity for optimism sorely tested over the last few months. The UK government’s intention to abolish child poverty targets, cut tax credits and aim yet more swinging cuts at low income families have…

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The impact of welfare reform on Scottish women

28th August 2015

Welfare Reform measures are undoubtedly having an adverse impact on women. The Scottish Women’s Convention (SWC) has consulted with women the length and breadth of the country over the last few years on the issue of welfare reform, from the initial Bill stage right up to the way in which changes to the administration and…

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Increased benefits equals cosier homes

26th August 2015

The Regulated Social Fund includes several types of payment. One of these is Cold Weather Payment, a payment for individuals on certain benefits when the temperature is either recorded as, or forecast to be, an average of zero degrees Celsius or below over seven consecutive days. In Scotland we recognise that it is low incomes…

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Social Fund Funeral Payment- a personal perspective

26th August 2015

Anonymous Contributor (Male, Glasgow, 45-59, Scottish, Married, Children in Household, Housing Association Renter, Unable to work – long term illness, Disabled). The Regulated Social Fund includes several types of payment. One of these is Funeral Payment, for individuals on low income and needing help to pay for a funeral they are arranging. This post tells…

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From Social Security to Social Justice

24th August 2015

Peter Kelly (Director, The Poverty Alliance). What does social justice mean to you? It may be about living in a country where you know that thousands of people do not have to rely on food banks to make sure they have enough to eat. Or where people have access to paid employment that not only…

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The Need to Protect Shared Space

19th August 2015

Angus Hardie (Director, Scottish Community Alliance). To share: (Verb) 1. to participate in, to use, enjoy or experience jointly or in turns. Why Sharing? When something is shared, to my mind, something fundamentally important happens. Cooperation is required, people have to talk to one another, to consider the needs of others, to give as well…

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Good Intentions Need Courage

17th July 2015

Mike Stevenson (Director, Thinktastic). If policy and good intent were enough Scotland’s streets will soon be paved with gold, but there are impediments to progress we have to sweep aside now. While I find great richness of talent and ideas in schools, neighbourhoods and workplaces these are usually whispered – not shouted. Then, if ideas…

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“Policy makers must ‘stand in the other persons’ shoes”

14th July 2015

Dave Simmers (CEO of Community Food Initiatives North East and Chairperson of the North East Scotland Credit Union). Community Food Initiatives North East (CFINE) improves health and well-being, increases employability, addresses environmental concerns and creates employment for and with disadvantaged and vulnerable persons and communities. CFINE has effectively done this for the past 17 years…

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Connecting Communities and Older People: Social Capital as Critical Resource to Community Wellbeing

6th July 2015

By Claudia Fernández [Assist Social Capital CIC]. There is no question that that Scotland’s demographics have drastically changed during the last few decades with an ‘aging’ overall population. People are living longer and healthier lives whilst fewer children are born. This trend is putting growing pressure on the current system of health provision through the…

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What does a Fairer Scotland mean?

26th June 2015

By Lynn Williams [SCVO]. Last week saw the launch of a public conversation about making Scotland a fairer and more equal nation. The timing is incredibly right. The prospect of more children facing real poverty; the rise of in-work hardship and mixed (and hardening) social attitudes towards many of our fellow citizens, present some very…

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