Video: Report shows UK welfare cuts leave thousands across Scotland at risk of poverty
Scotland’s social security powers are limited, but experts argue there are actions which could be taken to address food poverty
EXPERTS AND campaigners have pointed to answers within the grasp of the Scottish Government which could help turn the tide on rising poverty figures amid Tory cuts to social security and the roll-out of the widely criticised Universal Credit.
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.
I, Daniel Blake film has highlighted the inhumanity of UK Government benefit sanctions
COMMON WEAL’S submission to the Scottish Government’s Social Security Consultation proposes routes to ending benefit sanctions in Scotland completely, and best possible options for tackling child poverty and pensioner poverty within the limits of the Scottish Government’s powers.
Scottish Unemployed Workers Network occupy Dundee ‘employability training’ office
UNEMPLOYED workers occupied ‘employability training’ offices in Dundee this morning (Tuesday 18 October), in protest against sanctions referrals issued for alleged non-attendance of training appointments.
Professor Paul Spicker, Social Policy expert and author of recent Common Weal report on welfare , argues that there is a loophole in the Scotland Act 2016 which allows the Scottish Government to take action to help those hit by former DWP Secretary Iain Duncan Smith's benefit sanctions regime
Labour accuse Tories of burying bad news as the peer list publication date is announced
LABOUR has accused the government of burying bad news, as it emerged that the publication of the honours list would be released at the same time as data on deaths relating to social security sanctions.
DWP admits to making up quotes and stories in leaflets that aimed to highlight the effectiveness of social security sanctions
THE DEPARTMENT for Work and Pensions has admited to fabricating quotes from "benefit claimants" that were distributed in leaflets about the supposed effectiveness of social security sanctions.
The leaflets were designed to put across positive messages about people's experience of benefit sanctions, including personal stories.