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The Scottish Conservatives have called on ministers to deliver on a pledge to publish a national strategy to combat loneliness by the end of the year.The government vowed to publish the new strategy, one of the first in the world, by the end of 2018.The Tories said the wait since…
New centres aimed at taking rough sleepers off the streets will be set up at 11 locations across England.The £4.8 million Government project will see "rough sleeping hubs" up and running by spring 2019.Meanwhile, Labour said it would create a £100 million scheme to provide emergency accommodation for rough sleepers…
Scottish councils’ allocations in the draft budget put at risk the delivery of essential services next year, according to local government body Cosla.Total funding for both the revenue and capital budget in the settlement is up more than £210 million, with overall Scottish Government support to local authorities at £11.1…
The role of the Independent Anti-Slavery Commissioner needs to be strengthened, a new report has said.A review of the workings of the Modern Slavery Act led by former minister Frank Field said the post, which is currently vacant, should not be filled until the commissioner was given "genuine independence".The report…
Councils may pull out of a scheme for housing asylum seekers after carrying a "disproportionate share" of the costs and pressures, a Commons report has warned.MPs claimed local authorities have "lost confidence" in the system, with some weighing up whether to cease participating.If their support was lost, the Government would…
The “cruel” two-child benefits cap must be brought to an end in Scotland, Jeremy Corbyn has said.Speaking in Edinburgh at a Christmas lunch attended by people who have experienced poverty, the Labour Party leader described the cap as “inhumane” and said that much more must be done to tackle the…
Plans to scrap the one-year time limit on raising sexual harassment complaints against MSPs have been put forward at the Scottish Parliament.The proposal is one of a series of recommendations made by a working group set up in the wake of concerns about sexual harassment in Scottish politics.Following a survey…
A former NHS Tayside boss was given double the payoff she was entitled to because of the “total incompetence” of the assistant chief executive, MSPs have learned.A settlement payment of more than £64,000 to former chief executive Lesley McLay was in lieu of six months’ notice, despite only having three…
The Scottish Government has “missed an opportunity” to tackle poverty in its budget for 2019-2020, according to charities.In Holyrood on Wednesday, Finance Secretary Derek Mackay announced funding of more than £825 million, as part of a total investment in excess of £3 billion, to deliver 50,000 affordable homes over the…
A new campaign has been launched in a bid to promote more “gender-equal play” in nurseries and childcare.The Care Inspectorate – the body which inspects registered childcare providers – said the initiative has been brought in because “childhood and play is becoming more gendered and polarised between girls and boys”.It…
A peer accused of groping a woman and promising her a peerage in exchange for sex has resigned from the House of Lords, it has been reported.Lord Lester of Herne Hill (pictured) told The Times he will step down with immediate effect, adding the investigation into his alleged conduct has…
Sexual assault victims are waiting up to 14 months for counselling as specialist support services struggle to cope with "unprecedented demand", MPs have warned.A report by the All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Sexual Violence said specific support services for victims could cease to exist completely due to lack of funding…
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