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A total of 10 jobcentres across Scotland are to close, including six in Glasgow, the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) has confirmed. Some smaller jobcentres will be merged with larger ones under the proposals while others will be co-located with local government premises. The department first announced closure plans…
Benefit claimants are being asked their views on new legislation that will establish Scotland's first welfare system. The Social Security Bill introduced last week will give ministers the power to deliver 11 benefits devolved under the Scotland Act 2016, including disability living allowance, winter fuel payment and the carer's allowance.…
UK Government welfare cuts are expected to reduce annual social security spending in Scotland by almost £4 billion by 2020/21, according to a new report. The Scottish Government's update on the impacts of reforms made since 2010 said about £0.9 billion of the cut was due to measures announced by…
Four out of five people referred to foodbanks have skipped meals and gone without eating, sometimes for days at a time, a major new study has revealed. Research commissioned by the Trussell Trust showed that half of people using foodbanks said their incomes were "unsteady" from week to week. In…
Ministers have been urged not to drop a Conservative manifesto pledge to get a million more disabled people into work. Charity Mencap have sounded the alarm after there was no reference to the policy in this week's Queen's Speech, which outlines the Government's legislative programme. Despite a previous Tory commitment…
Workers at a drug and alcohol charity fear they could be out of a job within days because of its collapse into administration. Unite said its members at Lifeline have been "plunged into uncertainty" as the charity officially goes into administration on Thursday. The charity, which employs 1,300 workers, provides…
The Government and employers are being urged to do more to support people with mental health conditions after a study showed that few of those with long-term problems are in work. The TUC said its research found that only one in four people with a mental illness or phobia lasting…
Vacancies for jobs including scientists, nurses and other healthcare workers are lying unfilled for months, highlighting the shortage of skilled staff in the UK, a report reveals. Research by jobs site Adzuna found that a fifth of science jobs and one in 10 healthcare and nursing vacancies remain on offer…
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