Fairer Scotland

  • Cash to help young people into work

    17th August 2020 by

    Young unemployed people, from Monday 17th August, can apply to get £250 to help with the costs of starting a new job. I’ve heard from young people about the challenges of finding work – a job offer is one of many hurdles but not the last. Some are then faced with preparation costs they simply can’t...

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  • The challenge to end poverty

    7th October 2019 by

    Communities Secretary Aileen Campbell

    Tens of thousands of people in Scotland are at risk of being pushed into poverty if there is a ‘no deal’ Brexit. That is the stark analysis I presented to the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions Thérèse Coffey this week. I warned her of the danger of pushing a further 130,000 people into...

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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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  • Our economy depends on diversity

    25th May 2017 by

    This article appeared in The Herald’s Agenda section on Tuesday, 22nd May I’m not sure if the Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and I are ever going to cross paths – but if we do, then I’d like to thank him for the following quote he made in a speech last year at the World...

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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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  • Fairer Scotland Action Plan Launched

    12th October 2016 by

    On Wednesday 5 October 2016 Angela Constance, Cabinet Secretary for Communities, Social Security and Equalities launched the Fairer Scotland Action Plan at the Princes Trust in Glasgow. The plan is a clear commitment to the people of Scotland that we are taking long term action to change our society and make it a fairer and...

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  • Work Experience in the Scottish Government

    28th June 2016 by

    A Work Experience Student from James Hamilton Academy, Kilmarnock writes about ‘life as a Civil Servant’ for a week. Why politics at 14? At the age of 14, the Scottish Independence Referendum had a major impact on my outlook on life and my goals. As a strong Yes supporter without a vote I was extremely...

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  • The safety net or the spider’s web?

    12th November 2015 by

    Hello Fairer Scotland! My name is Dane Thomson and I’m delighted to have been asked to write a guest blog for you today. My blog is going to be a no holds barred account of my short term experience of life on ‘benefits’. First – the back story. I’ve worked hard since I was 14....

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  • Employability – Dawn’s story…

    22nd September 2015 by

    Dawn Having read some of the posts on the Fairer Scotland blog – particularly those focusing on employability – it made me think about my own journey. I just wanted to share my story and some of my concerns about the employability discussion. I stopped work in the hospitality trade in 2000 after having a...

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