Scottish Government attributes record low in Council Tax Reduction claims to an ‘improving economy’
The Scottish Government will launch a 2019 campaign to encourage people to apply for benefits and discounts they may be eligible for
THE SCOTTISH GOVERNMENT has argued that a record low in the number of Scottish people claiming Council Tax Reduction may be due to an improving economy and the implementation of Universal Credit, following criticism from Scottish Labour.
EIS confident of an ‘overwhelming rejection’ of final pay offer by members
Teachers union general secretary argues Scottish Government underspend could settle pay claim “with cash to spare”
THE EDUCATIONAL INSTITUTE OF SCOTLAND (EIS) is confident of both a large turnout and an “overwhelming rejection” by its members of the latest pay offer from the Scottish Government and COSLA, ahead of the opening of a ballot on the matter tomorrow (30 October).
Back to the blackboard: Education bill’s demise marks a chance for @ScotGov to reflect on its approach, experts say
Education experts say Tories’ ‘keenness’ for education bill may – and should – be cause for Scottish Government’s U-turn
THE SCOTTISH GOVERNMENT’S decision to shelf its flagship Education Bill has been welcomed by education experts, who argue that important lessons must now be learnt on the government’s approach to education.
Accounts Commission: Councils must do better in resolving equal pay claims
Despite the Equal Pay Act being brought in 1970, women are still not being paid the same as men for doing the same job
COUNCILS ACROSS SCOTLAND are not doing enough to resolve the long-standing issues with equal pay, according to a report from the Accounts Commission.
Scottish Government renews focus on education, including controversial reforms
Education reforms unveiled in the Programme for Government won’t raise standards and will centralise power, says critic
THE SCOTTISH GOVERNMENT, in its 2017-18 Programme for Government, has confirmed it is pressing ahead with several controversial education reforms in its attempt to close the attainment gap, despite criticism of the proposed policies from education experts and political opponents.
Aberdeen City Council votes to re-join Cosla after restructure
Last of the four breakaway councils votes to rejoin Cosla
ABERDEEN City Council voted yesterday to re-join the Convention of Scottish Local Authorities (Cosla) after leaving the umbrella organisation two years ago.
A group of four councils; Glasgow, Aberdeen, Renfrewshire South Lanarkshire, formed a splinter organisation called the Scottish Local Government Partnership (SLGP) in 2015.
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.
John Swinney stands by Council Tax freeze in Cosla talks
Finance secretary says he recognises "pressures" caused by austerity
SCOTTISH GOVERNMENT Finance Secretary John Swinney has defended the controversial council tax freeze in talks with local authorities body Cosla.
In a meeting with senior council officials representing Scotland's 32 local authorities, the deputy first minister laid out his priorities as maintaining the council tax freeze, investing in social care and continuing the current teacher to pupil ratio in schools.