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Sixty Icon The minor prophet and the bedroom tax miracle
In these atheistic, agnostic and even ahistorical times, the Prophet Micah is not often referenced in contemporary political discourse. Iain Gray managed it today - advising his fellow MSPs to act justly, to love mercy and to walk humbly with God.
BBC - Posted 06/02/2014

Sixty Icon 'Slow progress' on elderly care reforms in Scotland
A major Scottish government programme to reform elderly care has made slow progress, a spending watchdog has said.
BBC - Posted 06/02/2014

Scottish housing providers awarded £3m to fight fuel poverty
Twenty-five housing provider projects have received almost £3 million over the past year towards green projects to reduce fuel poverty.
24 Housing - Posted 05/02/2014

Fife tenants fear ‘bedroom tax' will cost them their homes
Fife tenants whose children have flown the nest could soon be forced to give up family homes they have lived in for years, says a local councillor.
The Courier (register) - Posted 05/02/2014

Sixty Icon MSPs pass pre-referendum Scottish budget
MSPs have overwhelmingly approved the Scottish government's final budget before September's independence referendum.
BBC - Posted 05/02/2014

Sixty Icon Scotland sees a sharp rise in house sales
The number of Scottish homes changing hands rose sharply in the last quarter, according to the latest official figures.
BBC - Posted 05/02/2014

Sixty Icon Reforming the ‘iniquitous' bedroom tax
The Welfare Reform Committee at Holyrood has published an interim report on the bedroom tax, which it condemns as ‘iniquitous’ and a breach of human rights.
Social Policy - Posted 04/02/2014

Report: Benefits reforms 'have stalled progress on child poverty'
Child poverty in Scotland fell by almost twice the level in England over a decade, new analysis in the run-up to the independence referendum has shown.
STV News - Posted 04/02/2014

Lift legal restrictions on Discretionary Housing Payments says Deputy First Minister Nicola Sturgeon
The cap on Discretionary Housing Payments (DHPs) should be lifted to ease the burden on hard-pressed households in Scotland says Deputy First Minister Nicola Sturgeon.
Housing - Posted 04/02/2014

Sixty Icon SNP faces showdown over bid to beat bedroom tax
The UK government is set to block SNP moves to pump in an extra £15 million of emergency funding to effectively neutralise the impact of the so-called bedroom tax in Scotland.
The Scotsman - Posted 04/02/2014

Sixty Icon Around £3m committed to combat fuel poverty in Scotland
Almost £3 million has been committed to 25 green projects over the past year, in a Scottish Government drive to combat fuel poverty.
Inside Housing - Posted 04/02/2014

Sixty Icon Cordale and Caledonia Partnership
A Special General Meeting of Cordale Housing Association was held on Thursday 30 January to consider a proposal to adopt new rules which would enable Cordale to enter a partnership with Caledonia Housing Association.
Housing Scotland Today - Posted 04/02/2014

Scottish National Party attempts to scrap the bedroom tax north of the border
People in Scotland may end up avoiding the so-called bedroom tax altogether under proposals by the devolved government.
The Independent - Posted 04/02/2014

Sixty Icon Is the 'bedroom tax' the new Poll Tax?
It has yet to attain the iconic status of the institution of the Community Charge. However, the withdrawal of the spare room subsidy has definitely gained an enhanced political salience, beyond its arithmetical and social impact.
BBC - Posted 04/02/2014

Sixty Icon Scotland must tackle poverty among workless families after referendum
This week we launch the first in a series of three “referendum briefings”. They aim to identify the poverty challenges in Scotland that both sides of the argument need a response to.
New Policy Institute - Posted 04/02/2014

How childcare can reduce poverty in Scotland after the independence referendum
With the independence referendum in Scotland approaching, Jim McCormick says both the ‘yes’ and ‘no’ campaigns can reduce child poverty by boosting the country’s childcare provision.
Joseph Rowntree Foundation - Posted 03/02/2014

Scotland wants to spend extra £15m on mitigating effects of bedroom tax
Deputy first minister asks DWP for authority to spend more helping councils after hitting limit for emergency support.
The Guardian - Posted 03/02/2014

Sixty Icon Scotland pledges to meet full cost of bedroom tax
Scotland has pledged to meet the full cost of the bedroom tax by finding an extra £15 million for housing benefit support.
Inside Housing - Posted 03/02/2014

No time for complacency in battling child poverty
There is good news in the report on child poverty published by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation, but there is danger in it too.
Herald Scotland (register) - Posted 03/02/2014

Report praises Scotland's child poverty reduction
Child poverty fell in Scotland at about twice the rate of England in 10 years, the Joseph Rowntree Foundation said.
BBC - Posted 03/02/2014

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