Fairer Scotland

  • 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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  • 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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