Video: Report shows UK welfare cuts leave thousands across Scotland at risk of poverty
Foodbank charity calls for inquiry into universal credit administration and an increase in benefits in line with inflation
FOODBANK USE in Scotland has reached a record high and insufficient income from benefits is the leading cause, according to new figures from charity The Trussell Trust.
Comic about “inhumane” PIP process launched in Edinburgh today
A COMIC highlighting a young man’s experience of the Personal Independent Payment (PIP) assessment process is being launched today as part of the Edinburgh Art Festival, with a signing and exhibit of original artwork.
The comic, Scott vs Demons, is the second collaboration created by comic writer Alan Grant and comic artist Robin Smith, under the direction of Scott Davidson, a young man with autism.
Scotland leads UK in banishing private firms from welfare assessments
CHARITIES AND UNIONS have hailed a “new age of compassion” and welcomed yesterday’s (Thursday 27 April) announcement that private firms would no longer be allowed to carry out benefits assessments in Scotland.
In Holyrood, the Scottish social security minister, Jeane Freeman MSP, told the chamber that the new agency would create 500 jobs and have running costs of about £150m a year.
Disability activist and writer Fiona Robertson says the UK's most vulnerable are screaming for help
IT IS to their credit, and to our collective doom, that the Conservative Party are masters of controlling narrative.
In response to closures, community rallies to resist damage of job centre losses
CAMPAIGNERS and local people have marched from Bridgeton to Shettleston this morning (Friday 13 January) in protest against the closure of a Glasgow job centre, which they say will result in extra financial burden to benefit claimants.
They hope that sustained action will impact the current consultation which could see the decision to close reversed in Maryhill, Castlemilk and Bridgeton.
Average working Glaswegian to lose £420, with Glasgow one of the hardest hit regions in the UK
CHANCELLOR GEORGE OSBORNE’S austerity measures are set to cost Scotland £1.1bn a year by 2020, according to new research by academics at Sheffield Hallam University.
The research shows that Scotland will suffer worse cuts than the UK average, with Glasgow one of 40 hardest hit regions across the country, and London and the South East less hard hit.
CommonSpace columnist Fraser Stewart recalls why he left the "best job" he'd ever had in a UK job centre
I WORKED in the job centre, in a previous life.
To this day I maintain it was the best job I've ever had, as short-lived as it was. After just 18 months, I handed in my notice and left a workplace that had, until that point, felt like home.