Fairer Scotland

  • 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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  • The impact of welfare reform on Scottish women

    28th August 2015 by

    Welfare Reform measures are undoubtedly having an adverse impact on women. The Scottish Women’s Convention (SWC) has consulted with women the length and breadth of the country over the last few years on the issue of welfare reform, from the initial Bill stage right up to the way in which changes to the administration and...

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  • Scottish Welfare Fund: Case studies

    27th August 2015 by

    Today as part of our themed week on social security we focus on the Scottish Welfare Fund. The Scottish Welfare Fund which has been formalised by the Welfare Funds (Scotland) Act 2015, was the first substantive welfare reform act to be passed by the Scottish Parliament. The Scottish Welfare Fund has been in operation since...

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  • Increased benefits equals cosier homes

    26th August 2015 by

    The Regulated Social Fund includes several types of payment. One of these is Cold Weather Payment, a payment for individuals on certain benefits when the temperature is either recorded as, or forecast to be, an average of zero degrees Celsius or below over seven consecutive days. In Scotland we recognise that it is low incomes...

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  • Social Fund Funeral Payment- a personal perspective

    26th August 2015 by

    Anonymous Contributor (Male, Glasgow, 45-59, Scottish, Married, Children in Household, Housing Association Renter, Unable to work – long term illness, Disabled). The Regulated Social Fund includes several types of payment. One of these is Funeral Payment, for individuals on low income and needing help to pay for a funeral they are arranging. This post tells...

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  • From Social Security to Social Justice

    24th August 2015 by

    Peter Kelly (Director, The Poverty Alliance). What does social justice mean to you? It may be about living in a country where you know that thousands of people do not have to rely on food banks to make sure they have enough to eat. Or where people have access to paid employment that not only...

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  • The Need to Protect Shared Space

    19th August 2015 by

    Angus Hardie (Director, Scottish Community Alliance). To share: (Verb) 1. to participate in, to use, enjoy or experience jointly or in turns. Why Sharing? When something is shared, to my mind, something fundamentally important happens. Cooperation is required, people have to talk to one another, to consider the needs of others, to give as well...

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  • The 2015 Scottish Young Carers Festival

    15th August 2015 by

    Lorna Goodwin (Scottish Young Carers Festival Coordinator at Carers Trust Scotland). Take hundreds of young carers, dozens of politicians and decision-makers – add in some workshops, consultations (and a lot of fun) and throw it all in a muddy field in the Scottish Borders. The result is the Scottish Young Carers Festival (SYCF) which has...

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