‘Foodbanks cannot continue to pick up the pieces. We have to make sure our benefits system can protect people from hunger.’
This is from a February 2019 campaign launched by the Trussell Trust, calling for an end to the five-week waiting period imposed on people moving on to Universal Credit.
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‘It has been argued that the implications of the Migration Advisory Committee (MAC) recommendations and White Paper proposals being implemented would likely be: labour shortages, tax rises, administrative overload, population decline, and increased potential for constitutional conflict.’
This is from a January 2019 Scottish Parliament briefing on immigration policy (pdf) ahead of Brexit. The briefing provides an overview of the main decisions, proposals and reactions relating to the UK’s post-Brexit immigration system since the referendum to leave the EU in June 2016.
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The Traveller Movement have released a report from their 2018 conference, looking at the impact of institutional bias and discrimination on Gypsy, Roma and Traveller (GRT) communities. The report notes that the institutional bias that exists across many aspects of public life, from governmental departments to law enforcement institutions, is what perpetuates negative stereotypes and poor treatment of GRT people. Continue reading “The Traveller Movement report: Beyond the tickbox”
‘Despite experiences of contact with multiple services, in many cases the lack of information, inadequate risk assessment, and multi-agency work, means that many women continue to fall through the gaps, remaining invisible.’
This is from a January 2019 report (pdf) from Agenda, AVA (Against Violence & Abuse) and the Lloyds Bank Foundation. The report examines the experiences of women facing multiple disadvantage around domestic and sexual abuse, focusing particularly on the women’s experience of support and service provision.
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‘While Brexit has always been a divisive issue, the process adopted by the government to leave the EU has made things worse.’
This is from a January 2019 report by Hope not Hate (pdf) on public attitudes around Brexit two years after the referendum. The report draws on polling data, focus groups and constituency estimates using multi-level regression analysis.
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The House of Lords EU Justice Sub-Committee has exchanged letters, dated December 2018 and January 2019, with the Government about the Political Declaration. The correspondence relates to a change in wording to the Declaration regarding the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR).
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‘The number of social homes being built is at its lowest for 70 years, and we face a chronic lack of housing that people can afford.’
This is from Shelter’s January 2019 campaign lobbying the government to build more social housing. The campaign aims to influence the government ahead of the comprehensive spending review, to make funding available for much-needed new social housing.
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Tell MAMA and GMB Yorkshire have launched a toolkit (pdf), released October 2018, to help people seek redress if they are targeted for hatred or discrimination.
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‘[The Act’s] provisions are designed to reflect a rights-based approach to social security, which marks it out as an interesting departure from the legislative status quo.’
This is according to a January 2019 article in the Edinburgh Law Review on the Social Security (Scotland) Act 2018.
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Just under half of LGBT people in Scotland have experienced depression in the last year, including seven in ten trans people.
This is according to a January 2019 report from Stonewall Scotland on LGBT health in the country.
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