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Friday, 11 April 2014
Dumfries Community Cafe, The Usual Place, scoops Ł1.1 million in lottery funding
The Usual Place, Community Café, has been awarded over one million pounds from Big Lottery Fund Scotland. This is a very exciting new development which will see the old Academy dining hall on the corner of Lovers Walk and Academy Street in Dumfries transformed into a fantastic new venue.
Linda Whitelaw, Director, said, 'The café will have a retail area, exhibition space and ...
Help for those in food poverty
£1 million to support work of emergency food providers as demand soars.
People who have to access Scotland’s foodbanks will receive help through a support package of £1 million over the next two years, the Deputy First Minister Nicola Sturgeon confirmed today.
Around £500,000 will be given to organisations who work with those in need, and are helping to address ...
Scottish Independent Living Fund
Multi-million pound fund to help disabled people to stay in their own homes.
Thousands of disabled people in Scotland are set to be supported through a new Scottish Independent Living Fund (SILF), Deputy First Minister Nicola Sturgeon announced today.
The scheme will safe-guard support given to more than 3,000 disabled people across Scotland and will build on existing care through ...
Thursday, 10 April 2014
Maria Miller quits as culture secretary after expenses row
Maria Miller has insisted it was her decision to resign as culture secretary amid claims she was forced out by No 10 after a row over her expenses.
She said the row had been an 'enormous distraction' from 'the incredible achievements of this government'.
In the Commons, Labour leader Ed Miliband accused PM David Cameron of having 'undermined trust in politics' with his handling of ...
DWP target mental health claimants for ESA sanctions
A staggering six out of ten employment and support allowance (ESA) claimants hit with a sanction are people with a mental health condition or learning difficulty, according DWP figures obtained under the Freedom of Information Act.
The proportion has rocketed from 35% of sanctioned claimants in 2009 to a massive 58% in 2013. The statistics prove that sanctions are now overwhelmingly aimed ...
Wednesday, 9 April 2014
Benefits sanctions show this government at its Kafkaesque worst
Ideological convictions about why people are unemployed have created a bureaucratic nightmare that manufactures injustice and mistakes.
It is nearly 30 years since the BBC first aired The Insurance Man, Alan Bennett's masterful, nightmarish tribute to the work of Franz Kafka. It is set in a grey, labyrinthine office complex, where working people who have been left penniless and desperate ...
Tuesday, 8 April 2014
Civil servants deployed to help Capita clear PIP assessments backlog
Ministers have been forced to intervene and deploy civil servants to shore up a private company struggling to clear a backlog of medical assessments for payments to tens of thousands of terminally ill, sick and disabled people.
In a letter leaked to the Guardian, a senior civil servant says the 'one-off' step will be taken because Capita is failing to process the recently introduced personal ...
Monday, 7 April 2014
Eight out of 10 voters think Maria Miller should lose cabinet job, poll finds
Pressure on the culture secretary, Maria Miller, has been ramped up by a poll suggesting a large majority of voters think she should be dropped from the cabinet, stripped of her responsibility for press regulation and thrown out of the House of Commons over her expenses.
A Survation poll for the Mail on Sunday found that almost three-quarters of voters (73%) thought her 32-second apology ...
Combination of welfare reforms pushing families into ‘chaos’, report claims
The cumulative impact of last year’s welfare reforms has left people less able to cope with work or support themselves, a report claims.
One year on from introduction of the Government’s flagship benefit reforms, research by Community Links suggests the ‘complexity’ and ‘rushed’ delivery of the changes has pushed families into ‘chaos’.
Friday, 4 April 2014
DWP’s impact assessment refusal exposed as a sham by EHRC and Treasury
The refusal of the Department for Work and Pensions to try to assess the impact on disabled people of all of its welfare reforms has been exposed as a sham after new research was announced by the equality watchdog.
The Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) is working with the Treasury and other “key” departments to develop a way of assessing the cumulative impact of government ...
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