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Scottish Government says DWP funding for Citizen’s Advice ‘should not be at the expense of local authorities’
A new partnership between Citizens Advice and the DWP has been condemned by critics of Universal Credit
THE SCOTTISH GOVERNMENT has emphasised that any additional funding for Citizens Advice Scotland should not come “at the expense of local authorities” while reiterating its opposition to the controversial Universal Credit roll-out, following the announcement of a £39m funding partnership between the Citizens Advice network and the UK Government’s Department of Work and Pensions.
SNP MP brands UK Government ‘reckless and heartless’ as figures reveal nearly £200m spent fighting disability benefit appeals
SNP MP joins disability and poverty campaigners in denouncing the Tories’ approach to welfare amid newly uncovered figures
ALISON THEWLISS, SNP MP for Glasgow Central, has accused the Department of Work and Pensions (DWP) of being “intent on refusing people at every turn”, after it emerged nearly £200m in five years was spent fighting appeals by rejected disability benefit claimants.
Tie campaign co-founder says Icon Awards should be ‘consigned to history’ following controversy
This year’s Icon Awards were canceled at the last minute after the entire board resigned
THE ICON AWARDS should be “consigned to history” in the wake of a series of controversies which have left its brand irretrievably tarnished, one of the co-founders of the Time for Inclusive Education (Tie) campaign has argued.
MSPs must take action as climate change wreaks havoc, say environmental campaigners
Arguing that the Scottish Government’s recent proposals are insufficient to tackle climate change, Friends of the Earth Scotland say that “decisions must be made today”
AS RECORD BREAKING temperatures are recorded across the world and thousands of Moray residents are offered free bottled water to combat the summer drought, environmental campaigners have argued that urgent action is required to combat climate change.
‘Can we end homelessness in Scotland? Aye, we can’: Scottish Government pledges £21m to Housing First
Housing minister Kevin Stewart warns that homelessness is predicted to rise due to UK Government welfare cuts, despite efforts to mitigate their impact
THE SCOTTISH GOVERNMENT has pledged £21m of a £50m fund in order to offer faster, greater support to rapidly rehouse those at risk of homelessness, or who are living in temporary accommodation.
Confirming the details of the investment in Holyrood today [27 June], housing minister Kevin Stewart declared: “Can we end homelessness in Scotland? Aye, we can.”
Edinburgh Fair Fringe Campaign: New code of practice “does little” to ensure improved pay & conditions
New guidelines from Edinburgh City Council criticised as voluntary and tied to a “fake” Living Wage
A NEW SET OF GUIDELINES for employers and venues participating in the Edinburgh festival season have been criticised by a representative of the Fair Fringe campaign for its voluntary nature, its lack of detail over how it would be enforced and its commitment to an insufficient Living Wage.
Analysis: No stress relief - new findings reveal systemic problem requiring society-wide solutions
CommonSpace examines the growing problem of stress, and how it has seemingly permeated every aspect of society
SURVEYS, as any pollster will tell you, are an imperfect rubric for determining societal trends with anything more than passable accuracy. Yet this caveat hardly softens the troubling conclusions of a new YouGov poll commissioned by the Mental Health Foundation.