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Scottish Government takes advantage of recently devolved welfare powers

The Scottish government plans to utilise its new social security powers for the first time by increasing the flexibility of Universal Credit payments. It was announced last week that claimants will have the option of receiving Universal Credit fortnightly instead of monthly. Tenants will also have the choice of having their housing benefits paid directly […]

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Scotland has highest quality of life among UK home nations

Scotland boasts the highest quality of life for its residents among the home nations, a recent European study has suggested. The findings come from the European Social Progress Index, a study that measures quality of life based on 50 separate indicators including nutrition, access to medical care, health and safety, water, education, personal rights, shelter […]

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Scottish Government debates the cost of feminine hygiene products

The Scottish Government heard a debate over the cost of feminine hygiene products the evening of Tuesday, 27 September. Monica Lennon, Scottish Labour’s Inequalities spokesperson, led the discussion and received cross-party support. Lennon called for the Scottish Government to investigate the accessibility of sanitary products for women and girls in poverty. She had previously raised […]