Fairer Scotland

  • 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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  • 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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  • Putting people first in Scotland’s social security system

    22nd February 2019 by

    Recent press stories about the DWP using deflection scripts to get callers off the phone was disappointing but not surprising. We know from our own research that almost three in five people rated their experience of the current DWP system as ‘poor’ or ‘very poor’. Since taking on this post, and speaking to users of...

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  • Why we created Experience Panels

    31st August 2018 by

    Over 2,400 volunteers have signed up to help build a system that works for people.

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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • “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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  • 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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