More evidence of becoming a better nation as SNP ‘future-proof’ social security

March 3, 2018

By John Robertson - Scotland

Reported in Scottish Housing News today:

‘Key benefits will be future-proofed to ensure they hold their value in real terms under Scotland’s new social security system, social security minister Jeane Freeman has said. Following earlier commitments to have annual rises in Disability and Employment-Injury Assistance, Ms Freeman has ensured those are enshrined in legislation by bringing forward amendments to the Social Security (Scotland) Bill and has supported extending the guarantee to Carers Assistance when the Scottish social security agency takes over delivery of Carer’s Allowance.’

There’s actually some cross-party consensus on this but that still leaves the Tories to find fault and have it broadcast uncritically by our media.

As for being different enough to make a difference, is there enough evidence? Well, see these from only as far back as August 2017:

SNP moves to finally put an end to foxes’agony being ripped apart by hounds as the English Tories plan a return to the unspeakable business. Different again?

8% of the UK population and 28% of living wage employers. More evidence that we are different enough to want to run the whole show?

Racial hate crimes increase by 33% in England & Wales while falling by 10% in Scotland: Who says we’re not different?

Scottish social housing more accessible and cheaper than in rest of UK

BBC Scotland’s shameless attempt to scare with claim that Scottish hospital has cladding ‘similar’ to that of Grenfell revealing ignorance of Scottish building regulations.

Of 35 children and teenagers killed with knives in Britain in 2017, not one was in Scotland, yet in 2005, the UN called Scotland the most violent country in the developed world.

Reported domestic violence in Scotland falls. Is this part of wider change?

Scotland has lower poverty rates than England: JRF Excerpt 1

Could Scotland end homelessness?

Scottish Government to fight alongside UN to defend disabled against Tory cuts.

Scottish care workers to receive Living Wage for ‘sleepover’ hours while English care workers receive only the National Minimum Wage.

Scots more likely to give to charities, to volunteer or to sponsor others

Scots the least respectful of the upper classes: More evidence of a difference that makes a difference?

In Scotland, 58 000 new mothers every year to get baby box worth £160 but Labour are not completely happy

Enough? If not, there are more on the blog if you just search for ‘different’.

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