Scottish Government to bridge welfare gap with grants for refugee families
£100,000 pot for Family Reunion Crisis grants launched to support refugees on arrival in Scotland
REFUGEES COMING to Scotland under family reunion rules will now be able to arrange financial support before their arrival through Family Reunion Crisis Grants.
The new £100,000 scheme launched today [9 May] by the Scottish Government aims to support people with living costs and essential items upon their arrival, removing the delay caused by UK benefit assessment rules.
Think-tank research chief hits back at Tory attack on a Scottish Basic Income
Dr Craig Dalzell says the Tories’ argument relies on basic income replacing housing benefit
A CHIEF RESEARCHER at a Scottish think-tank has hit back at claims a Scottish Universal Basic Income could cost £12.3bn a year.
Following a war of words between Scottish Tory MSP and Shadow Security Secretary Adam Tompkins and Social Security Secretary Angela Constance, Dr Craig Dalzell, head of research at Common Weal, warned that criticisms about the cost a Basic Income in Scotland may be based on invalid calculations.
Feminist campaigners set out 2030 roadmap for Scottish Government on gender equality
Gender equality ‘roadmap’ launched at feminist conference
FEMINIST policy organisation Engender launched a paper on Friday (8 September), urging the Scottish Government to take action on gender equality.
Ruth Davidson calls for new Scottish towns as critics blast Tory record on housing
The Scottish Tory leader said that Scotland should build a new generation of towns to address the national housing crisis
RUTH DAVIDSON, the Scottish Conservatives leader, has advocated the building of 25,000 new homes a year, saying Scotland should “look at a series of new generation new towns”.
In a speech to the Institute of Public Policy Research in Edinburgh this morning, Davidson argued that “the last time we had a housing crisis on this scale was in the aftermath of World War Two”.
Scottish Government unveils plans for new benefit to combat 'funeral poverty'
10-point plan aims to redress Scotland’s “postcode lottery” of burial costs.
The Scottish Government has announced details of a new benefit to help those experiencing difficulty with funeral costs, which it intends to launch by Summer 2019.
The Funeral Expense Assistance benefit is one of ten actions the government has committed to as part of their Funeral Costs Plan.
The UK Government and private sector produce an asylum services system that "humiliates and degrades"
Patrick Harvie has called on the Scottish Government to back a public sector bid for asylum services
PATRICK HARVIE has reiterated calls for the Scottish Government to enter a public sector bid for support services for asylum seekers in Scotland.
This follows recent criticism of both the UK Government and private sector involvement in asylum services by the Scottish Refugee Council.
PODCAST: Interview with Scottish Government cabinet secretary Angela Constance
CommonSpace’s David Thomson speaks to Angela Constance about free sanitary products for women and girls on low incomes
IN OUR LATEST podcast interview, CommonSpace’s David Thomson caught up with the Scottish Government cabinet secretary for communities, social security and equalities, Angela Constance, to discuss the pilot in Aberdeen to have free sanitary products for women and girls on low incomes.
Scottish child abuse inquiry 'not fit for purpose', say victims
Survivors of child abuse criticise narrow scope of inquiry ahead of government meeting
THE EXCLUSION of the Catholic Church and other religious institutions from the Scottish Child Abuse Inquiry has prompted heavy crticism from survivors' groups.
Scottish college workers ballot 92 per cent in favour of historic national strike
Formal statutory ballot to be held next January for national strike
SCOTTISH college lecturers have voted 92 per cent in favour of a national strike in a dispute with their employers, Colleges Scotland, over pay.
The strike comes after the implementation of national balloting in April 2014 and after months of deteriorating relations between lecturers unions, the government and employers over cuts to the further education sector and differential pay levels. Trade unionists want differential pay replaced with national pay scales.