23rd October 2020 by Shirley-Anne Somerville MSP
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...
9th October 2020 by fairer-scotland
Covid-19 has exposed faultlines of inequality and injustice that that have long existed in our society and in our homes. The way in which we recover from this public health crisis could either see a rollback of women’s rights or a step towards a world in which women have more equal access to resources, power,...
Social Renewal Advisory Board: Communities, Kindness and Compassion – Fiona Lees, Chief Executive of East Ayrshire Council
8th October 2020 by fairer-scotland
Covid-19 may be a global pandemic, but its impact and our response is found in local communities. In the worst of times we have seen the best of humanity. People have reached out to help one another and communities have felt empowered to do what needed to be done. Kindness and compassion have shone through...
Social Renewal Advisory Board: Building Back Better – Bill Scott , Senior Policy Advisor at Inclusion Scotland and Chair of the Poverty and Inequality Commission
7th October 2020 by fairer-scotland
The Covid 19 pandemic has heightened existing inequalities in Scottish society. Before the pandemic struck almost one in four children lived in poverty , however this rate was considerably higher for some families and groups including lone parents The economic impacts of the pandemic could see more Scots households facing financial insecurity – with many...
Social Renewal Advisory Board: Compassion and Equality – Maureen Sier, Director of Interfaith Scotland
6th October 2020 by fairer-scotland
Four words are carved on the Mace that sits in the heart of the Scottish Parliament. These are words that embody the values of the people of Scotland. They are universal values and are deeply meaningful. ‘Justice’, ‘Wisdom’, ‘Integrity’ and ‘Compassion’ – powerful words, which require powerful action. As Scotland plans its recovery, the economy must...
4th July 2019 by Jack Murray-Dickson
Spending time in hospital can be a scary experience for anyone, regardless of age. John-Paul’s Dad tells us how the Teddy Hospital was used as a really helpful way to explain what was happening to him so could understand and speak about this and be more comfortable in the hospital. John-Paul was born with chronic...
27th June 2019 by Jack Murray-Dickson
Hear about how Craig’s play at The Yard helped build confidence by giving him the encouragement and space to socialise and try new things. Sharon is mum to Craig, aged 11, who attends the Thursday 10-14’s club at The Yard. Craig has been a member of this club since April 2018 and enjoys coming every...
20th June 2019 by Christian Storstein
Elena’s story shows how Elena’s mum, Leona was able to access financial support through the Family Fund to buy a washer dryer and outdoor play equipment. This helped improve the day-to-day quality of life they as a family were able to experience. Elena is two years old, and lives in Dundee with her family. “Elena...
13th June 2019 by fairer-scotland
Bringing up, and caring for, a disabled child or young person can and should be a positive and rewarding experience. It’s really important that families with a disabled child or young person are supported at an early stage to enable them to cope with the stresses and demands of their caring role, and to look...
29th May 2019 by fairer-scotland
Families with disabled children often say that they’re not able to take full advantage of what Scotland has to offer because of worries they have about how accessible the places they want to go are for people with disabilities. Read Brody and Laura’s story below to find out more. My seven-year-old son Brody is an...