Tories need to go back to the drawing board on social security reform

The new Work and Pension Secretary Stephen Crabb’s first statement to Parliament confirmed that drastic cuts to disability benefits announced in last week’s budget will now not go ahead.

While this is welcome news in the short-term, it will be of little comfort to the many thousands of disabled people who have already found themselves stripped of vital welfare support. The statement also raises some important unanswered questions.


Tory austerity: a choice, not necessity

Austerity from the current Tory Government at Westminster is a policy choice, not a necessity.

The Conservatives’ continued obsession with austerity is ideological and one which chooses to turn a blind eye to the impact upon the most vulnerable in our society.


How we’ll use Scotland’s new powers

This week the Scottish Parliament unanimously approved the new Scotland Bill powers.

The new powers will be delivered without a single penny of detriment to the Scottish budget, after the First Minister and Deputy First Minister saw off the Tory Treasury’s attempts to cut Scotland’s budget by £7 billion.


Ending the Tampon Tax

It is inexcusable that, in the twenty-first century, we still effectively tax women for menstruating. 


Transforming private renting

Today the Scottish Parliament passed the Private Housing Bill, fulfilling the SNP’s commitment to reform the private rented sector. This Bill will provide security, stability and predictability for 700,000 tenants in Scotland while providing appropriate safeguards for landlords, lenders and investors.



Transforming land ownership in Scotland

Yesterday the Scottish Parliament passed the radical and wide-ranging Land Reform Bill – a piece of legislation that is at the heart of the SNP’s agenda for transforming Scotland.


#Budget2016: what George Osborne would rather you didn’t know

Today George Osborne delivered his budget for the year ahead. Here’s what he’d rather you didn’t know.


The alternative to Osborne’s failed austerity project

As we enter the seventh year of Tory budget cuts that Scotland did not vote for, we can expect a repetition of the same record of failure that we have seen year after year from this Chancellor. George Osborne’s claim that the Tories represent economic credibility now lies in tatters with the UK government failing on key economic indicators and missing its own targets time after time.


In the fight to beat cancer, we’re determined for Scotland to lead the way

Too many people suffer the heartache of losing loved ones to cancer. Everyone will have their own personal stories to tell – stories of courageous fights against the disease, but sadly stories of friends and family taken before their time too. We’ve travelled a great distance over the last ten years, with cancer mortality in Scotland down by 11 per cent. But more needs to be done.

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