UNISON Scotland explain their fightback against the public sector pay cap; We all knew that the public sector pay cap was detrimental not just to us but our families and the wider community, but it was a genuine surprise to find out that the Institute of Financial Services (IFS) have joined UNISON in opposing the Government’s devastating austerity measures. IFS senior economist Howard Reed, in his landmark report, states that a decent pay rise for the public sector would not just give us more money in our pocket but create thousands of jobs and pump millions of pounds into the UK economy. Continue reading
All government departments spin, but the Department for Work and Pensions seems to spin harder and faster than most. Financial Times political correspondent Kiran Stacey describes a typical encounter:
DWP: We’ve got a story for you. Figures show that the benefit cap is working and it hasn’t even been brought in yet.
Me: Really? How do they do that? Continue reading
The City of Edinburgh Council have agreed to pay all tenants hit by the bedroom tax the money they need to cover the tax in full, without the need for means-testing or filling in forms. Lothian Anti Bedroom Tax Federation delegates addressed the full Council meeting on 26 June. Following the deputation, councillors unanimously agreed a motion from the Greens Steve Burgess that “all qualifying Bedroom tax (under occupancy) Discretionary Housing Payment applications are appropriately backdated and paid in full without the need for a financial assessment.” Continue reading
Anti workfare demonstrators occupied Learndirect offices in Edinburgh on 12th June. After occupying for an hour, protestors then moved to cover the office entrance with a huge banner declaring IF YOU EXPLOIT US, WE WILL SHUT YOU DOWN. Police attended but the occupation continued despite their presence. There were no arrests. Continue reading
by Annie McCrae – EIS (Teachers’ Union)
Scotland has more than one in five children living in poverty and it’s projected that there will be 50,000 more by 2020. The impact of government welfare “reform” will only intensify the blight of poverty and crush the lives of many more young people as they grow up. Continue reading
The Edinburgh Anti Cuts Alliance and Edinburgh TUC are convening a meeting to plan a campaign to put pressure on the City Council to maintain and improve Social Care. The first working group meeting will take place on Saturday 7th June 2014 within the Augustine Church , George IV Bridge, Edinburgh. The group will meet on this occasion from 10 am to 12.30 pm. Refreshments (tea/coffee – biscuits) will be provided. Continue reading
The recent strike of further education lecturers at Edinburgh College has been described as ‘a classic example of how to conduct a strike’ by the EIS Executive. The bare outlines of what happened make impressive reading.
After three years of no pay rises, lecturers were offered a small pay rise with draconian conditions in tow. Management’s key aim was abolition of a fundamental condition for any teacher – the weekly
class contact maximum in front of students. Continue reading
The Scottish Anti Bedroom Tax Federation is delighted with today’s news that Westminster is devolving the power to lift the cap on Discretionary Housing Payments (DHP) allowing the Scottish Government to fully mitigate the bedroom tax in Scotland. We demand that Westminster now do this urgently.
Edinburgh voters will get a chance to grill party representatives at a free public hustings for the European Elections in the city centre a week before the poll. Vital issues such as working conditions – including zero-hour contracts Continue reading
In a new report, LDAS have uncovered the hidden effects of social care cuts in Scotland. Over 20,000 older people, people with learning disabilities and others are no longer getting vital social support since the start of the 2007 economic recession. By examining Government statistics and comparing them to the growth in the elderly population we have found that many people who might previously been eligible for social care services are no longer getting help. Continue reading