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More than 75,000 carers have received extra cash after the Scottish Government increased their benefit payment. Holyrood ministers are upping the amount given out in the Carer’s Allowance by 13%. While the increase is the equivalent of an extra £8.50 a week for recipients, people will get two lump sum…
The Scottish Government has not taken the "decisive steps" needed to tackle child poverty, campaigners have said, with a quarter of youngsters living in families that are struggling to get by. Over the period 2014-15 to 2016-17 an average of 230,000 children in Scotland were living in relative poverty each…
Thousands of people across Scotland are being forced into poverty due to welfare cuts, according to an official report. The Scottish Government’s paper finds that the benefit freeze alone has led to reductions in spending of around £190 million in 2018/2019, rising to around £370 million by 2020/21. It also…
Theresa May has defended her "hostile environment" immigration policies which led to people from the so-called Windrush generation to lose their jobs, welfare benefits and right to remain in the UK. Mrs May (pictured) apologised for the fact that many long-standing UK residents of Caribbean origin had been caught by…
Disability benefit assessments in Scotland will be more flexible than the current system and carried out in-house by the new national social security agency, the Scottish Government has announced. Social Security Secretary Shirley-Anne Somerville announced in a parliamentary statement that assessments will be carried out at a time and location…
A third of Scots have been left unable to afford food at some point in the last year, a survey has revealed. Research for Citizens Advice Scotland (CAS) found 33% of people had gone without food at least once in the previous 12 months because of a lack of cash.…
A transgender man whose baby is at the centre of an historic human rights battle cannot yet get child benefit, a High Court judge has been told. The baby could become the first person born in England or Wales who will not legally have a mother. Lawyers say the baby…
More than one in 10 people in the UK live in "persistent poverty", according to a report that takes a fresh look at the way financial hardship is measured. A major study by the Social Metrics Commission (SMC) found that 7.7 million people, 12.1% of the UK population, have spent…
Ministers should consider introducing a national recommended allowance for kinship and foster carers, a review has found. The recommendation is one of 12 made in a report by the National Care Allowances Review Group. The Scottish Government set up the group to carry out of a review of allowances paid.…
Every council in Scotland is offering eligible families a grant of at least £100 to help with the cost of school uniforms, officials have confirmed. Council umbrella body Cosla said all 32 local authorities have implemented an increase in school clothing grant payments to the new level while keeping the…
The Prime Minister has been accused of "abandoning" promises she made to help working families after new research revealed that households have been pushed £1,250 into the red since her arrival in Downing Street. The TUC criticised Theresa May's promise to help so-called just-about-managing families, saying they had been pushed…
Working parents with children under five have seen nursery fees increase three times faster than their wages over the past decade, according to a new study. An analysis by the TUC showed that childcare costs have risen by 52% since 2008 for families with a full-time and a part-time working…
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