Fairer Scotland

  • Our Fairer Scotland Planning Event – Kilmarnock

    19th October 2015 by

    On Wednesday 29th September a group of 35 people from the local area joined Scottish Government staff at The Grand Hall, Kilmarnock, to discuss and scrutinise ways in which they could plan together to create a Fairer Scotland by 2030. #fairerscotland – the story so far The Fairer Scotland discussion – launched in July –...

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  • The Scottish Rural Fuel Poverty Task Force

    8th October 2015 by

    Di Alexander (Chair, Rural Fuel Poverty Task Force) I was recently appointed by Scottish Ministers as the independent chair of the new Scottish Rural Fuel Poverty Task Force. I very much welcome the Scottish Government’s Task Force initiative because far too many people living in rural and remote areas simply can’t afford to heat their...

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  • A Fairer and more prosperous place *to live*

    30th September 2015 by

    Vonnie Sandlan (President of the National Union of Students, Scotland) Let us start from a basic position – one we’d hope everyone could agree on – access to safe, affordable, and quality housing is a basic human right. This being the case, then it’s clear we could do much more to ensure a fairer Scotland....

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  • Learning from the Children and Young People Summit, Oban

    23rd September 2015 by

    Pam Semple (Policy Analyst, Scottish Government). On 24th August 2015, over 100 children and young people from primary and secondary schools across Scotland came together in Oban to discuss their views on educational attainment, rural challenges, participation and children’s rights in A Fairer Scotland. The feedback from this Children and Young People’s Summit was informative....

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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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  • We are listening…

    22nd September 2015 by

    Well, the Fairer Scotland campaign is well and truly underway! It’s been a dynamic conversation thus far, and the feedback from the past few months as to what you believe would help create a fairer, more prosperous Scotland by 2030 has been illuminating. Thick and fast There are various ways to have your say on...

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  • What’s Your Story?

    18th September 2015 by

    Nicole Brandon, Young Writers Co-ordinator (Scottish Book Trust). “What’s your story?” – How often do we ask this of our teens in Scotland? We clearly care that they’re able to respond politically to this question, but what about creatively? What are their imagined worlds and their real-life tales? If they could tell any story, in...

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  • People with multiple sclerosis say the benefits system is harming their health

    18th September 2015 by

    Morna Simpkins (Director of MS Society Scotland). Living with a chronic, disabling and degenerative condition such as MS is hard. It is also expensive. There are often substantial extra costs, such as accessible transport, specialist equipment, and help with household activities. Given that as many as 80% of people with MS are forced to give...

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  • Time to make a difference

    15th September 2015 by

    Maura Lynch (Depute Chief Executive, The Scottish Consortium for Learning Disability). As we arrange the local events on the “Creating Fairer Scotland” consultation for people with a learning disability, there is a sense that we could really make a difference here. One of the strategic outcomes of Scotland’s ten year learning disability strategy, The keys...

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  • Riochachadh Òigridh na Gàidhealtachd

    14th September 2015 by

    Kat Bateson. ‘S e aon de na àitichean as àlainn airson a’tadhail air neo a’fuireach ann ann am beachd daoine bho air feadh na dùthcha ‘s air feadh an t-saoghail a th’anns a’Ghàidhealtachd. Tha na coimhearsnachdan againn tric air fhaicinn mar taighean-seinnse seann-fhasanta air taobh na locha le bailtean beaga air falach eadar na beantann....

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