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Scottish councils’ allocations in the draft budget put at risk the delivery of essential services next year, according to local government body Cosla.Total funding for both the revenue and capital budget in the settlement is up more than £210 million, with overall Scottish Government support to local authorities at £11.1…
Two thirds of ex-prisoners with conflict-related convictions are still unemployed 20 years after the Good Friday Agreement, an academic said.Their family members have also been black-listed by some employers as an inter-generational legacy of the years of violence, Professor Peter Shirlow added.A wide-ranging bid to persuade employers and service-providers to…
Labour's next manifesto could include radical plans for a universal basic income (UBI), John McDonnell said. The shadow chancellor said the policy, which replaces means-tested benefits with a flat rate paid to all citizens, was an idea that "a lot of people are pressing for". Supporters of UBI claim it…
MPs have hit out at the Government for "barely paying lip service" to the needs of millions of carers after ministers rejected calls for stronger support to help them stay in employment. Commons Work and Pensions Committee chairman Frank Field accused the Government of giving a "non-response" to reforms recommended…
Esther McVey has been forced to issue an embarrassing apology to MPs after a public row with Whitehall's spending watchdog. The Work and Pensions Secretary said she had "inadvertently misled" the Commons by claiming that the National Audit Office (NAO) had called for the roll-out of the Universal Credit benefit…
Mandatory job seeking requirements for lone parents claiming benefits negatively affects mental health, researchers have found. Under the lone parent obligations rule, single parents must seek work as a condition of receiving certain welfare benefits once their youngest child reaches a certain age. Since 2008, when entitlement to income support…
Half of Scots believe that poorer health is a result of an unjust society, according to findings published by the Scottish Centre for Social Research. The report ‘Scottish Social Attitudes - Public Attitudes to Inequality’, commissioned by NHS Health Scotland, reveals the extent to which people are aware of existing…
A so-called "yellow card" system of benefit sanctions has been dropped by the Government after research suggested it was not worth the extra time and cost. Ministers have instead said they will consider a written warning system for first time offenders rather than penalising them by docking their benefits. Sanctions…
An attempt to provide fairer access to more affordable credit for people living in poverty moves a stage further on Friday.A Bill put forward by Lord Bird, founder of The Big Issue magazine, will reach the committee stage in the House of Lords, moving it closer to being considered in…
MPs and campaigners have urged the Government to go further in reforming benefits for disabled people after ministers published their response to a major review. The Department for Work and Pensions has pledged to make recording assessments for Personal Independence Payment (PIP) a standard part of the process. This is…
Work and Pensions Secretary Esther McVey was heckled by members of the public in a Holyrood committee meeting covering Universal Credit and the rape clause. An audience member shouted “you can’t get into work if you’re dead” at Ms McVey as she argued Universal Credit is a “supportive system” aimed…
Failure to replace a £500 million EU fund for deprived communities post-Brexit would be "disastrous", the Government has been warned. The European Social Fund provides half a billion pounds a year for employment and skills training in communities that are poorly served or neglected by "mainstream" support. In a report…
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