Minister spars with Labour over best means of undoing Tory welfare reforms following UN poverty report
Labour need to stop “weaponising” the two-child policy against the SNP and work with the Scottish Government, Aileen Campbell argued
SCOTTISH COMMUNITIES MINISTER Aileen Campbell condemned the “systemic failings” of Tory welfare reforms in her ministerial statement on UN Special Rapporteur Professor Philip Alston’s recently published report on UK poverty and human rights.
Scottish Parliament slams Universal Credit ahead of UN inquiry into Tory austerity
Tory welfare cuts will result in £3.7b reduction of social security spending in Scotland
THE SCOTTISH PARLIAMENT united against both the Scottish Conservatives and the UK Government during a debate on the impact of Universal Credit and Tory welfare cuts on those in poverty in Holyrood today [6 November].
The debate comes as the United Nations special investigator on extreme poverty and human rights, Philip Alston, begins a two-week inquiry into the impact of austerity in the UK and its effect on human rights.
Experts: New report shows Scottish Govt swamped by 'tragedy' of Tory welfare reforms
Annual Scottish Government report shows spikes in benefits sanctions and child poverty as a result of Westminster led changes to welfare state
A NEW report into the effects of Tory welfare reform show the human "tragedy" brought on Scotland by Tory welfare reforms, experts have said.
The comments come in response to a new Scottish Government 2018 Annual Report on Welfare Reform which show rising poverty and destitution as a result of the austerity regime at Westminster.
Video: Report shows UK welfare cuts leave thousands across Scotland at risk of poverty
Women's rights are human rights: Six ways @ScotGov can go 'further, faster' in tackling gender inequality
Human rights report to UN says more action is needed on women’s rights in Scotland
A NEW report by the Scottish Human Rights Commission (SHRC) has called on the Scottish and UK governments to take action to protect women’s economic, social and political rights.
Amid calls for Esther McVey to resign, UK Govt warned not to ‘bury its head in the sand’ over failure of Universal Credit
Fresh criticism of flagship Tory welfare reform voiced following highly critical NAO report
THE UK GOVERNMENT must rectify the problems of Universal Credit “rather than pretending they do not exist”, the Association of Independent Professionals and the Self-Employed has warned, as pressure mounts on work and pensions secretary Esther McVey to resign following claims that she wilfully misled parliament while defending the controversial welfare reform.
UK welfare policy is pushing Scots into poverty: What can the Scottish Govt do to alleviate the suffering?
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.
Benefit cuts under universal credit lead to record increase in Scottish foodbank use, new figures show
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.
‘Stay angry’: Activists urge the public to keep Tories under pressure to scrap two child cap
Protestors in Edinburgh against the family cap and rape clause say nothing less than a full u-turn will address injustice
A DEMONSTRATION in Edinburgh against the UK Government’s controversial two child cap on tax credits and the associated “rape clause” on Thursday (19 April) offered a rallying cry to opponents of the policy to keep the issue in the spotlight and “stay angry”.