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Friday, 15 August 2014
UK 'is first country to face UN inquiry into disability rights violations'
The UK government appears to have become the first country to face a high-level inquiry by a United Nations committee, as a result of 'grave or systemic violations' of the rights of disabled people.
The committee has the power to launch an inquiry if it receives 'reliable information' that such violations have been committed by a country signed up to the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons ...
Thursday, 14 August 2014
Labour challenged over welfare vow
Deputy First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has challenged Labour to match her pledge to halt the roll out of welfare reforms she claimed will leave more than 100,000 disabled people in Scotland worse off.
She spoke as the Scottish Government published a new report which estimated around 105,000 working-age disabled people will lose some or all their disability benefits by 2018, with a likely ...
Disabled people living in deprived areas of Scotland disproportionally high
A significantly high number of people with learning disabilities live in the most deprived areas of Scotland, statistics from the 2013 Learning Disability Statistics Scotland (LDSS) dataset have revealed this week.
The least deprived areas of Scotland have proportionally far fewer people with a learning disability living in these areas than the national average.
Information on employment, ...
Wednesday, 13 August 2014
Benefits blow: Study reveals that cruel Con-Dem cuts will slash £100m off sick and disabled Scots
More than 100,000 Scots will be £1000 a year worse-off because of Con-Dems cuts to disability benefits.
And 50,000 of the most severely disabled people stand to lose up to £3000 a year.
A Scottish Government study reveals the brutal effect of the decision to replace disability living allowance (DLA) with personal independence payments (PIP).
It reveals that 105,000 ...
Finding a job when you're disabled is a postcode lottery
The benefits of renewed growth and rising employment are not being felt by everyone. Despite almost a million extra people being in work over the past year, the number of disabled people in employment has fallen by nearly 30,000.
A significant proportion of the four million disabled people who aren't working would like a job: a Joseph Rowntree Foundation study found disabled people were ...
Food banks to offer debt advice in bid to combat payday lenders
Financial advice is to be offered to people being referred to food banks after new research showed an 'alarming' increase in those suffering money problems.
Food bank charity the Trussell Trust is launching a pilot scheme to give instant financial help and debt advice in a bid to reduce the number of people going to payday lenders for high-interest loans.
The move could lead to the ...
Tuesday, 12 August 2014
Unlocking the power of the UN human rights system
Deirdre Flanigan explains how voluntary organisations can use the United Nations human rights system to improve lives for the people they support.
The United Nations human rights system has the potential to unlock a stronger better society for everyone in Scotland. Many of us in the third sector already engage with the it effectively in our advocacy, lobbying and campaigning work, but others ...
Mental health charities offer advice following death of Robin Williams
Charities have reacted to the shock death of Hollywood superstar Robin Williams by urging people to seek advice over mental health problems.
The 63-year-old Good Will Hunting star died at his home in California from an apparent suicide.
Over the years he had battled depression as well as drink and drug addiction.
The Scottish Association for Mental Health tweeted: “Lots ...
Third sector must not be silenced in fight against austerity
MSPs have been challenged to protect the right of the third sector to criticise government and campaign against welfare changes which have plunged people into poverty.
A Scottish Parliament debate on Westminster’s changes to the benefits system today (Wednesday, 13 August) called for a wide range of evidence.
Among those who submitted a briefing to MSPs was the Scottish Council ...
Monday, 11 August 2014
Tory attack on the Welfare State forcing 22,000 Scottish children to rely on food banks, says SNP
The Scottish National Party has highlighted the difference between the UK and Scottish governments as Iain Duncan Smith sets out plans for benefit cuts on the same day Nicola Sturgeon announces further assistance for food banks.
The Work and Pensions Secretary will today propose changes to benefits following recommendations from Policy Exchange – a centre-right think tank with close ...
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