A Social Security For Us All: Cabinet minister to address Common Weal event
Event on the future of Scottish social security expected to generate “lively discussion”
COMMON WEAL GLASGOW is hosting an evening with Minister for Social Security Jeane Freeman and Head of Research at Common Weal Dr Craig Dalzell, who will present their visions for the future of social security in Scotland.
Universal Credit condemned in cross-party symbolic vote
Labour motion to suspend the policy passed 299 to 0 amidst Tory boycott
A MOTION PUT FORWARD by the Labour Party to pause the rollout of Universal Credit passed in the House of Commons by 299 votes to 0 on Wednesday night.
As the motion was brought by the opposition, it is not legally binding on the Government. The Tories were ordered with a three-line whip to abstain on the vote, while Labour MPs were forced to act as tellers for the opposition to the motion in order to prevent the vote being blocked entirely by the Government’s boycott.
Public misconceptions of human trafficking are a barrier to ending it, says leading human rights lawyer
Legal expert says trafficking is an economic issue which everyone has a responsibility to address
LEGAL EXPERT in human trafficking Kirsty Thomson has said that misconceptions over what trafficking is and who it effects are barriers to addressing it, and consumerist demands for cheap products are contributing to the cycle of exploitation.
Amplify Our Democracy: National conference to highlight power of communities
Local democracy reform campaign will bring together community initiatives to share good practice
OUR DEMOCRACY, a coalition-led local democracy campaign, will host a national conference in Dundee on Saturday 21 October, highlighting the work of organisations and individuals who are changing their communities for the better and “acting as if they own the place”.
Living Rent joined housing association tenants in protest against high rent costs
A full block of Partick Housing Association flats gathered to demand action
TENANTS OF Partick Housing Association were joined by activists from Living Rent, the tenants’ union, on Tuesday to protest increasing rent costs which they say are leaving residents at “breaking point”.
Every flat in the block in Incholm Street joined the protest, during which residents draped a banner over the side of the building, reading: “How high is our rent? Extortionate.”
Boris Johnson rebuffs pressure for apology over Libya “dead bodies” remarks
SNP and Labour MPs urged Johnson to retract “shameful” comments in House of Commons on Tuesday
FOREIGN SECRETARY Boris Johnson ignored demands by SNP and Labour MPs in the House of Commons on Tuesday to apologise for his controversial remarks about Libya at the Conservative Party conference earlier this month.
Johnson told a fringe event that Sirte in Libya could be a popular tourist destination of the likes of Dubai, adding: “The only thing they’ve got to do is clear the dead bodies away and then they’ll be there.”
1 in 10 children could lose family law protections after Brexit
Research by Scottish children’s charity finds that EU Withdrawal Bill risks children’s rights
A REPORT published by Together (Scottish Alliance for Children’s Rights) has found that over 10 per cent of children born in Scotland in 2016 risk losing legal protections linked to cross-border family law.
3 in 5 LGBTI people in Scotland say they’ve been a target of hate crime
New report reveals most LGBTI hate crime victims have faced repeated attacks
A REPORT PUBLISHED by Equality Network has revealed that a majority of all LGBTI survey respondents have experienced hate crime at some point in their lives.
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