Charting a new course: dignity and respect in supporting disabled people

If a government cannot afford to give dignity to disabled people in our society, then it cannot and should not have respect.


Ruth Davidson’s silence on disability shows she backs Westminster Tories

The moment that Thursday night’s televised leaders’ debate came alive for me – and perhaps the moment at which the Holyrood election campaign came alive – was when the discussion turned to welfare, and specifically the events which have seen the near implosion of the Tory cabinet at Westminster following the resignation of Iain Duncan Smith.


Introducing Mhairi’s Campaign Diary: Edinburgh Northern & Leith

As the youth ambassador for our Scottish Parliament election campaign, I’ll be visiting Holyrood constituencies across Scotland in the run up to the 5th May. 


Most trusted government in the EU and record support for independence – the Scottish Social Attitudes Survey in summary

Since 1999 the Scottish Social Attitudes Survey has been asking people across Scotland their views on how the country is run.

The 2015 survey was published last week. Here’s our summary:


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.


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