Fairer Scotland

  • Supporting young adults with incapacity

    24th February 2021 by

    Mental Health Minister Clare Haughey said: “We are removing application fees to make it easier for young adults lacking capacity to get access to their Child Trust Fund. “A Child Trust Fund is a long-term, tax-free savings account for children. The money belongs to the young person and they can only take it out when they...

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  • Designing a benefit service with those who will use it

    23rd October 2020 by

    This week we will be sharing details of what our new disability benefits will look and feel like for those who interact with our new benefit system. In a series of policy position papers we will set out the journey from application right through to the appeal process.   Something that permeates through all our...

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  • Period Products in Schools Regulations coming in to force

    19th October 2020 by

    Having your period is natural and normal. Period products are not a luxury. That’s why the Scottish Government is campaigning to tackle the stigma around menstruation and period products, and why we are investing and taking action to make sure that everyone has access to vital products. Today marks a significant milestone in our journey...

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  • Small Steps, Big Changes – Guest blog from Sarah Robinson Galloway, YouthLink Scotland

    16th October 2019 by

    When I graduated from university our Chancellor told me to ‘go change the world’ which she probably also said to the hundreds of other students graduating that day. I took it as sentimentality at the time but now I have found myself in a job where I am trying to do just that. I am...

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  • Two child benefit limit should be scrapped

    1st August 2019 by

    Social Security Secretary Shirley-Anne Somerville

    The two-child benefit limit implemented by the UK Government should be scrapped. The latest statistics released on the number of people affected by the cap on Child Tax Credits and the Child Element of Universal Credit is sad reading. Behind every number is a family denied and a child that has not received support they...

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  • Investing in young children and their future

    4th June 2019 by

    School Age Payment Launched It is projected that by 2030, one in three children could be living in poverty in Scotland as a result of UK Government welfare cuts. This is not acceptable in the 21st century. The cruel cuts that are being enforced through Universal Credit and wider UK government welfare changes will reduce...

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  • Strengthening family food support

    5th April 2018 by

    As a Government, we are committed to improving the health of our nation and tackling inequality. One of the key challenges we face in achieving this is how to ensure everyone can have a healthy diet, and in particular how to help families with young children to make sure they get the best start in...

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  • 100,000 thank yous! Celebrating our young volunteers

    8th June 2017 by

    Guest blog from Elaine Gibb, Development Manager at Voluntary Action Scotland The past week has been full of inspiring stories about volunteers and the difference they make to communities across Scotland. As we reach the end of Volunteers’ Week 2017, Voluntary Action Scotland and the Third Sector Interface (TSI) Network are delighted to celebrate a...

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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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  • Scottish Government – Work Experience Programme with the Social Justice Strategy Unit

    28th February 2017 by

    What is it like to work in the Scottish Government as a work experience student?

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