Fairer Scotland

  • Consultation on Universal Credit regulations

    14th February 2017 by

    Universal Credit remains a reserved benefit however the use of these new flexibilities by the Scottish Government means Universal Credit payments in Scotland are to become more frequent and adaptable which will be good for both tenants and landlords.

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  • Being innovators in LGBT History Month

    1st February 2017 by

    We have strongly supported LGBT History Month for well over a decade now, and so it’s important we look back on the steps and achievements reached to get to where we are now.

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  • Flexibilities on Universal Credit – give us your views

    27th January 2017 by

    At the heart of our plans for new social security powers is making sure that we listen to the people who actually use the system. Earlier this month we announced Universal Credit (UC) payments in Scotland will become more frequent and adaptable, under new powers from the Scotland Act 2016. And right now we’re consulting...

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  • This year’s priorities

    21st January 2017 by

    Communities, Social Security and Equalities Secretary Angela Constance looks ahead to the rest of 2017: January is a time for reflection on the milestones that we’ve met in the year past and renewed action towards the goals we will achieve in the year ahead. From the outset this government has been clear that we want...

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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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  • Consultation on ending Child Poverty

    8th August 2016 by

    Key dates – Monday 8 August to Friday 30 September This consultation sets our proposals for a Child Poverty Bill for Scotland that will: o Enshrine in legislation the Scottish Government’s ambition to eradicate child poverty. o Place a duty on Scottish Ministers to publish a Child Poverty Delivery Plan every 5 years, and to...

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  • Dundee has a Fair Way to Go

    8th August 2016 by

    Why are things so unfair? That’s a hard question but it’s the one asked by Councillor Jimmy Black, the chair of the Dundee Fairness Commission, in our  report, A Fair Way to Go. It has a whopping 56 recommendations – way more than anyone planned. But to understand how we ended up with so many...

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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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  • Denial of Dignity

    27th June 2016 by

    Definition The definition of dignity is self-respect and self-worth. The UN Declaration of Human Rights is clear that everyone has the right to dignity. For many people living on benefits, or in poverty dignity is all that they can lay claim to. But even this, is now being eroded, by welfare and disability reforms. Sanctions,...

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  • The story so far….

    27th June 2016 by

    Fairer Scotland Since June last year the Fairer Scotland conversation has been going strong throughout the country. People have had their say on how they perceive Scotland to be fairer and what has to change to help us all achieve that goal. We encourage people to continue this conversation during this difficult time following the...

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