Number of Scots reduced to poverty after having their benefits taken away on the rise

A rising numbers of Scots are being pushed deeper into poverty by having their benefits stopped. More than 200 people had their jobseeker’s allowance suspended every working day this time last year – plunging struggling Scots into an instant financial crisis. Continue reading

Iain Duncan Smith rapped by watchdog for misusing benefits cap statistic

The work and pensions secretary, Iain Duncan Smith, has been criticised by the UK’s statistics watchdog for misusing figures to promote the effectiveness of the coalition’s benefits cap on getting people into work.

In a press release issued by the Department of Work and Pensions last month alongside ‘ad hoc’ statistics, Duncan Smith was quoted as saying ‘already we’ve seen 8,000 people who would have been affected by the cap move into jobs. This clearly demonstrates that the cap is having the desired impact’.

However, in an open letter sent on Thursday, Andrew Dilnot, chair of the UK Statistics Authority, said this claim was ‘unsupported by the official statistics published by the department’. Continue reading

Greater Leith Against the Cuts Anti-Bedroom Tax Public Meeting

Greater Leith Against the Cuts are holding a public meeting on Tuesday 23rd April regarding the bedroom tax which came into effect earlier this month. There will be a range of speakers and the group hope to hear from those directly affected by the bedroom tax as well as discussing ways in which we can organise against it.

The meeting will take place at South Leith Parish Church Hall, 6 Henderson St, at 7pm and all are welcome to attend.