Fairer Scotland

  • Why a fairer Scotland would be a healthier Scotland

    9th September 2015 by

    Gerry McLaughlin (Chief Executive, NHS Health Scotland). The Scottish Government’s Creating a Fairer Scotland and Creating a Healthier Scotland national conversations resonate with our corporate strategy A Fairer Healthier Scotland. We wish to see a Scotland in which all of our people and communities have a fairer share of the opportunities, resources and the confidence...

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  • Reflections – employability support

    7th September 2015 by

    Kate Still (Director for Rathbone Training and In-training for Devolved Nations). The consultation document on employability support is out, and causing quite a stir. There are, obviously, many opinions on what does and doesn’t work – and what could work better. I’d like to share some of my own opinions. These are not necessarily fully...

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  • Reaching for the Holy Grail

    6th September 2015 by

    Kirsty McHugh (Chief Executive, Employment Related Services Association). Question, what is the Holy Grail of employment support in Scotland? Answer, there isn’t just one. However, early action with jobseekers who are most likely to become long term unemployed must be high amongst them. Sounds simple doesn’t it? The benefits are obvious. First, we know that...

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  • Gorbals born, Gorbals bread

    4th September 2015 by

    Catriona Milligan (Project worker, Bridging the Gap). Bread is peculiar stuff. For starters, it’s something of a universal constant. Everyone has experience of bread – be it sliced white, chapatti or injera. In fact – though you might not suspect it – bread has the power to draw people together. Some years ago, as part...

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  • Employability provision – impacting health and health inequalities

    4th September 2015 by

    Donna Burnett (NHS Scotland). Employment and income are key determinants of health and health inequalities with a clear link between a lack of paid employment and poor health for working age adults. The quality of work however is important. Good work is about providing well balanced, secure employment with decent pay. Getting people into good...

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  • Fairer Scotland on Instagram!

    4th September 2015 by

    With the Fairer Scotland conversation well and truly underway we’ve already been taken aback at the feedback from you – the people and communities of Scotland. Your ideas and suggestions have been varied, and thought provoking. There are already various ways to have your say on the kind of country you want Scotland to be....

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  • Homes for everyone for a fairer Scotland

    4th September 2015 by

    Shelter Scotland, The housing and homelessness charity. Politics is always about choices and history teaches us that where there’s political will for change, true progress can be made. We welcome the Scottish Government’s commitment to social justice but it has to lead to real action to tackle years of neglect. Shelter Scotland’s recently launched web...

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  • Developing employability and skills services

    4th September 2015 by

    David Coyne (Senior Policy Advisor at Skills Development Scotland). The debate around developing employability and skills services always contains views about what the right approach is when it comes to planning and implementing policy. At the heart of that discussion is a tension between two concepts, the first is that decisions should be made on...

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  • Delivery models for future support

    2nd September 2015 by

    Bill Scott (Director of Policy at Inclusion Scotland). From 1 April 2017, Scotland will have the power to design and deliver its own employability services for disabled people and those at risk of long-term unemployment. We know that these services are of vital importance not only to those who will be directly supported by them,...

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  • Tackling Child Poverty

    29th August 2015 by

    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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