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More than half of children living in poverty in Scotland are growing up in households where at least one person is in employment. Speaking in a debate in the Scottish Parliament, Cabinet Secretary for Fair Work, Skills and Training Roseanna Cunningham said it is unacceptable that work is no longer…
Charities and councils have warned that the Government's decision not to protect funding for local welfare assistance schemes will make life harder for poor people facing financial crisis. Local government minister Kris Hopkins (pictured) confirmed that there would be no central government money for the schemes in 2015/16 and announced…
Thousands of sick and disabled people are being subjected to "upsetting and unnecessary" benefits assessments, charities have warned. People living with progressive and degenerative conditions such as Parkinson's, motor neurone disease and rheumatoid arthritis, who apply for Employment Support Allowance (ESA) are being told they will recover enough to look…
The UK Government has raised concerns about the future cost of pensions and benefits in an independent Scotland. SNP policy pledges and the impact of an ageing population would add about £450 more per working-age person each year over the next two decades, according to an analysis by the Department…
A new e-book examined case studies from the 'Welfare innovations at the local level in favour of cohesion' (WILCO) project. WILCO was a cross-national comparative study that examined how local welfare systems affected social inequalities or favoured social cohesion, as well as considering policy transfer to, and implementation in, other…
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