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Disabled survivors of domestic abuse less likely to be believed, trade unionists warn
STUC disabled workers conference calls for more support for disabled women who have been victims of domestic abuse
DISABLED women who face domestic violence experience additional barriers to get the right support, trade unionists have warned.
A motion was passed at the STUC disabled workers conference at the Golden Jubilee Hotel in Clydebank noting that services for disabled women who suffer from domestic violence are patchy and minimal and, in many cases, there are no available services.
STUC general secretary: What happened at BiFab "nothing short of a disgrace"
STUC general secretary Grahame Smith spoke to the STUC disabled workers conference after the announcement that BiFab has been saved from administration
THE STUC GENERAL secretary has said that what happened at engineering firm Burntisland Fabricators (BiFab) is “nothing short of a disgrace”.
Grahame Smith told the STUC disabled workers conference that “it is beyond belief” that the 1,400 jobs at yards in Fife and Lewis where under threat because of a contractual dispute between BiFab and its customer Seaway Heavy Lifting (SHL).
STUC disabled workers slam Jobcentre closures across Scotland
STUC disabled workers conference passes motion condemning the closure of jobcentres across Scotland
THE STUC disabled workers conference has condemned the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) decision to close 27 jobcentres across Scotland.
The conference passed a motion noting the likely impact on disabled people “is twofold”, affecting both those who use the jobcentre for services, and those who work for the DWP.
Richard Leonard elected as new leader of Scottish Labour
Former GMB official Richard Leonard succeeds Kezia Dugdale in Scottish Labour leadership
AN ALLY OF UK Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has been overwhelmingly elected as the new leader of Scottish Labour.
Richard Leonard was elected with 52 per cent of Scottish Labour party members in a leadership contest against the centrist candidate Anas Sarwar.
Two-thirds of Scots fear talking to a rough sleeper, research reveals
Research from Street Soccer Scotland found the two-thirds of Scots are in fear of talking to someone who is sleeping rough
NEW RESEARCH has found that that two-thirds of Scots say that they would never stop to speak to a homeless person in the street.
Findings from Street Soccer Scotland revealed that 41 per cent of people were ‘in fear’ of stopping to speak to rough sleepers.
Scottish Lib Dems pass motion to allow gender neutral uniform in schools
Scottish Liberal Democrats pass motion at conference to allow gender-neutral school uniforms
THE SCOTTISH LIBERAL DEMOCRATS passed a motion in favour of gender-neutral school uniforms at their conference in Dunfermline at the weekend.
The conference noted that “many schools in Scotland follow discriminatory school policies, where pupils are required to change their appearance based on their gender and girls often forced to wear restrictive and objectifying uniforms”.
Willie Rennie: Tories are tearing themselves apart and damaging Britain in the process
Scottish Liberal Democrat leader Willie Rennie gave a keynote speech to his party’s conference in Dunfermline
THE SCOTTISH LIBERAL DEMOCRATS leader has said that the Conservatives are tearing themselves apart and damaging Britain in the process.
Willie Rennie told the Scottish Liberal Democrat conference in Dunfermline that policies of the UK Government are damaging the health service, the economy and the poor.
Jo Swinson: 21st century liberalism is needed to deal with Brexit problems
Liberal Democrat deputy leader Jo Swinson gave a keynote speech to the Scottish Liberal Democrats conference in Dunfermline
THE LIBERAL DEMOCRATS' deputy leader has called for a 21st-century liberalism to deal with problems arising as a result of the EU referendum.
Jo Swinson told the Scottish Liberal Democrats conference in Dunfermline that her party should seek a more “positive, radical, 21st-century liberal solution” to deal with the resentment and anger growing in the UK after last year's referendum on membership of the European Union.
Leading economists back plans for Scottish National Investment Bank
Lord Adair Turner and Professor Mariana Mazzucato welcome the Scottish Government announcement to create a Scottish National Investment Bank to help transform Scotland into a low carbon economy
TWO LEADING economists have backed the Scottish Government’s proposals to create a Scottish National Investment Bank.
Both Lord Adair Turner and Professor Mariana Mazzucato believe that creating the bank will help transform the Scottish economy for the better by having large-scale public investment to build a low carbon economy.
Audit Scotland: New long-term strategy is needed for Scottish ferries
Audit Scotland tells Transport Scotland to draw up a new long-term strategy for the ferry sector
SCOTLAND’S FERRIES are in urgent need of a new long-term strategy despite public spending more than doubling since 2007/08, according to Scotland’s spending watchdog Audit Scotland.
A report published this week by Audit Scotland suggested that Transport Scotland – the arm’s length organisation that’s in charge of Scottish Government transport spending – does not know the extent of future spending requirements and whether it could be substantial.