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Disabled peer warns DWP that tighter benefit rules could cause more deaths


A disabled peer has warned her own government that tightening social security rules even further could lead to more deaths of benefit claimants, days after Disability News Service (DNS) revealed there had been 60 secret reviews into such tragedies.

Last week’s DNS story – that the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) had carried out 60 internal reviews “following the ...

Scotlandís digital revolution is beginning


A national movement must be built that will lead a digital inclusion revolution, a major third sector meeting has been told.

An estimated 1.3 million people in Scotland are not engaging with new information technology and face finding themselves excluded from education and opportunities.

Attendees at the Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations' (SCVO) Third Sector Summit heard ...

One in three Scottish school pupils has been bullied in the past year


Nearly one in three pupils at Scottish schools have been bullied in the last year according to a groundbreaking new survey.

Anti-bullying service Respect Me conducted the biggest ever poll of pupils across all 32 local authorities and discovered only half had told their parents of their troubles.

The survey found 30% of children were bullied in the last school year – with one ...

Wheelchairs or pushchairs: Who should take priority?


A court will decide whether wheelchair users have priority over pushchairs on buses, but how do you decide who is more entitled to the space?

In February 2012, wheelchair user Doug Paulley was not allowed to board a bus in Leeds because the wheelchair space was taken by a pushchair. The mother, not wanting to wake her sleeping baby, refused to move.

Paulley was left with no choice ...

DWP admits investigating 60 benefit-related deaths since 2012


The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) has carried out 60 secret reviews into benefit-related deaths in less than three years, Disability News Service (DNS) can reveal.

DWP released the figures in response to a series of Freedom of Information Act (FoI) requests by DNS.

It said in one response that DWP had carried out “60 peer reviews following the death of a customer” ...

Housing body calls on commission to get welfare sorted


A leading housing body has told the first public session of the Smith Commission that the bedroom tax debacle was a classic example of Westminster getting it wrong for Scotland.

Mary Taylor, Scottish Federation of Housing Associations’ chief executive, said there had to be better mechanisms for managing the boundary between the two parliaments to ensure effective policy making.

In ...

Motherwell charity cuts ties with controversial work scheme


A Motherwell charity has pulled out of a Government employment programme after being targeted in a ‘slave labour’ protest.

LAMH Recycling says it has been bombarded with abusive messages and its Range Road premises have been vandalised since the Motherwell Times highlighted a daily vigil being carried out by former employee John McArthur.

He has been spending two hours ...

Soaring fuel bills will kill a pensioner every SEVEN minutes this winter, a new report reveals


The survey for the charity Age UK also warns that one in three pensioners now fear they cannot afford to heat their homes.

A pensioner will die from cold every seven minutes in Britain this winter, a damning report warns today.

Soaring fuel bills and poorly insulated homes are blamed by Age UK for the tens of thousands of older people who die due to cold weather each winter.

A ...

Iain Duncan Smith to meet Universal Credit target in 700 years' time


Ian Duncan Smith promised that more than a million people would be signed up to his universal credit scheme by April 2014, with twelve million signed up by 2017.

However, new figures released today reveal the DWP currently have just 17,850 people on their caseload.

This means that at the current rate of progress, it will take them almost 700 more years to meet their original target ...

MSPs urged to uphold human rights legislation


Politicians from all parties in Scotland are being urged to show their support for the Human Rights Act and the European Convention on Human Rights ahead of a Holyrood debate.

The Scottish Human Rights Commission said the act and convention were the “legislative bedrock” for realising human rights in people’s everyday lives and needed to be protected.

In a briefing ...

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