Jimmy Reid Foundation makes the case for greater local government funding
New report commissioned by Unison highlights importance of negotiations between the Scottish Government and the Scottish Greens
A NEW REPORT from the Jimmy Reid Foundation (JRF) has advocated the Scottish Government’s public sector pay rises require greater funding for local government.
"Shameless exploitation": MSPs denounce unpaid labour
SNP MSP Rona Mackay rallies support in Holyrood for ban of unpaid trial shifts
RONA MACKAY led a debate in the Scottish Parliament on Tuesday evening on unpaid trial shifts, branding them “exploitative” and saying that they infringe on workers’ rights.
Carles Puigdemont seeks return to Catalonia as Spain tightens security
Speaking in Denmark, the Catalan leader declares his hope to govern from Barcelona
CARLES PUIGDEMONT, the Catalan president deposed by the Spanish Government following its imposition of direct rule, has declared in Denmark today that he hopes to return to Catalonia, saying it would be “an important step to restore the democratic situation.”
Campaign for ban on shock collars gathers support
SNP MSP’s call for UK-wide ban gains cross-party support and endorsement from animal welfare groups
THE SALE AND USE of shock collars and electronic ‘training devices’ which inflict pain or distress upon dogs should be banned in Scotland and throughout the UK, SNP MSP Ben Macpherson has argued.
Green MSP lodges amendments to boost Social Security Bill
Alison Johnstone seeks to eliminate unnecessary medical tests, set targets for ministers and determine claimants get all benefits they are entitled to.
ALISON JOHNSTONE MSP, Social Security spokesperson for the Scottish Greens, has lodged a series of amendments to the Scottish Government’s Social Security Bill, which aim to ensure claimants receive all the benefits for which they qualify.
Poll: Majority of Scots believe private schools should lose charitable status
A new YouGov poll found that 73 per cent of respondents were against the charity status of fee-paying schools
A MAJORITY OF SCOTS believe that private schools should have their charitable status brought to an end, a new YouGov poll has indicated.
SNP MP: Universal Credit threatens claimants with eviction
29 per cent of landlords have evicted a tenant for Universal Credit arrears
SNP MP DREW HENDRY has argued that up to 71,000 Scottish tenants in private rented accommodation have been left at risk of eviction due to the long waiting periods they must endure before receiving Universal Credit payments.
Scots will no longer have to suffer welfare tests alone
Due to amendment from Jeane Freeman, Scots will have the right to have someone with them during welfare assessments
SCOTS UNDERGOING any meeting relating to benefits or welfare assessment will have the right to be accompanied by a “supporter”, thanks to an amendment to ongoing legislation from social security minister Jeane Freeman.
FMQs: Patrick Harvie calls for further powers to tackle short-term lets
Highlighting AirBnB, the Scottish Green co-convener drew a distinction between a “collaborative” and an “exploitative” economy
SCOTTISH GREEN PARTY co-convenor Patrick Harvie MSP today challenged the Scottish Government to give local government additional powers to tackle the rapid growth of private short-term lets, which the Greens argue is adding pressure to Scotland’s ongoing housing crisis.
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