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Friday, 18 July 2014
Give disabled people support to live, not right to die
With the House of Lords to consider today the Assisted Suicide Bill tabled by Lord Falconer, how informed are our lords and bishops who are about to preside over such a potentially momentous shift in medical care?
Last weekend, former Archbishop of Canterbury Lord Carey spoke in favour of assisted suicide. The 24 hours that followed contained a barrage of headlines, interviews and reports ...
Benefit sanctions rocket by as much as 563%, shocking figures reveal
New figures obtained by the SNP have found a staggering increase in the number of people being hit by benefit sanctions at the hands of Westminster welfare reforms, further highlighting the need for a Yes vote and the full powers over welfare it would bring.
An answer to a Written Question from SNP MSP Kevin Stewart found that, since 2009, there has been a 65 per cent increase in the number ...
Thursday, 17 July 2014
Benefits sanctions double against women, disabled people and lone parents
New figures show the number of women, disabled people and lone parents in Scotland having benefits sanctioned has almost doubled in the past four years.
Lone parents say it means children are punished and that having their benefits suddenly stopped for weeks or months is traumatic.
They say it means not knowing how to buy food or pay the bills.
The Department for Work and Pensions ...
Guide to help figure out new lobbying rules
The Electoral Commission has published guidance on the new UK lobbying act to help charities plan their campaigning activity ahead of next year’s general election.
The act, which was passed earlier this year, has been widely criticised by charities and campaign groups who are worried that it will restrict their ability to legitimately campaign in the 12 months leading up to a UK election.
Lib Dems accused of 'hypocrisy' over bedroom benefit rules
Labour has accused the Lib Dems of 'unbelievable hypocrisy' over calls for changes to the benefit cut for people judged to have too many bedrooms.
The changes, called the 'bedroom tax' by critics but described by ministers as the removal of a 'spare room subsidy', were introduced last year in England, Scotland and Wales.
Danny Alexander said the Lib Dems wanted to see 'fairer rules'.
Wednesday, 16 July 2014
Welfare fund failing the poorest
Some of the country’s poorest people in desperate need of crisis grants and emergency financial help for care are being turned down because councils are applying different rules to distributing funds, new figures show.
The Scottish Welfare Fund was launched by the Scottish Government on 1 April last year to replace community care grants and crisis grants, which were abolished ...
Agenda: There is an overwhelming case for advocating human rights for all
The Cabinet reshuffle will have a big impact on human rights protection in our United Kingdom as the articulate supporters of the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR) have been removed.
We face a General Election campaign that puts, centre stage, abolition of the Human Rights Act as it gives the ECHR domestic effect. Scots may react by voting Yes in the referendum as we choose the ...
BBC launches ‘radical’ package of measures for disabled people
The BBC has pledged to quadruple the number of disabled people it puts on TV by 2017 as part of a “radical” package of measures across the corporation including a new disability champion.
BBC director general Tony Hall said the corporation would “work tirelessly [to] open up many more opportunities for disabled people at the BBC”, less than a month after he announced ...
Tuesday, 15 July 2014
Shocking images reveal elderly couple living on the streets after being evicted from their home
The 84-year-old man and his 75-year-old partner are sleeping rough in Bournemouth after failing to pay their rent.
It's an image which should shame Britain in the 21st century.
Huddled together under seafront shelter, an 84-year-old man and his 75-year-old partner are now living rough on the streets of Bournemouth.
The couple, who are not being named, are attending a local soup ...
DWP sneaks out official bedroom tax report
An official report into the early months of the bedroom tax has revealed the impact the controversial policy had on social housing landlords and their tenants.
Published by the Department for Work and Pensions on the day of a Cabinet reshuffle, the 'Evaluation of Removal of the Spare Room Subsidy Interim report' shows that despite the best efforts of housing providers the bedroom tax led ...
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