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Nicola Sturgeon and Grahame Smith sign the Memorandum of Understanding First minister Nicola Sturgeon has shared “serious concerns” with the Scottish Trades Union Congress (STUC) over the impact on the people of Scotland of the UK government's commitment to continued austerity.

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The national roll out of Universal Credit continued yesterday with the benefit now available to new single claimants in Kirkwall, Lerwick and Stornoway. Universal Credit, the new benefit that will replace Jobseeker’s Allowance, Employment Support Allowance, Income Support, Tax Credits and Housing

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Iain Duncan Smith Iain Duncan Smith is to remain in charge of welfare reform across the UK after prime minister David Cameron decided to retain him as work and pensions secretary in his new Conservative government.

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Around 86 per cent of low income social housing tenants have seen no sign of their financial situation improving despite a recovering economy, a new survey commissioned by UK charity Turn2us has found. Crucially, households that have experienced just one change in their circumstances are now twice a

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The number of British people relying on food banks is expected to reach one million, according to figures from the Trussell Trust, the UK's biggest provider of emergency food aid. The report by the trust, which has more than 400 food banks in Britain, showed the number of people given three days' em

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Anne Power The coalition government’s welfare reforms have resulted in very few social housing tenants being able to find jobs despite their aim of moving people dependent on benefits into work, according to a new report by the London School of Economics (LSE).

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A Scottish Parliament committee has sent evidence that shows the link between the UK government’s welfare reform and an increase in the use of food banks to Scotland Office minister David Mundell MP. The move by the Welfare Reform Committee follows a call from Mr Mundell to show him evidence of th

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