Equality News Update: Trained collie Ben is a life-changer for army veteran

An army veteran diagnosed with a psychiatric disability after serving at the height of the “Troubles” in Northern Ireland has had her life transformed for the better by a Shetland-bred assistance dog.

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Fife Universal Credit Roll Out

The Full Service Universal Credit (UC) started in Fife on 6th December and is a large scale change to the welfare system that aims to make claims simpler, and encourage more people into work, by replacing some benefits with a single monthly payment.

UC was limited to new claims from single people, but is now applicable to all new customers, including couples and lone parents. Fife Council  have opposed UC being rolled out over the festive season, due to the 6 week delay.

If you experience any difficulty, due to Universal Credit, please see the Fife Council Universal Credit Information Page for further information or contact:


Lyndsey Maricic, Policy Officer 

Tel: 03451 55 55 55 + Ext 44 61 38 Contact Lyndsey Maricic online
By Post: Fife Council Brunton House High Street Cowdenbeath Fife KY4 9QU

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Equality News Update: The Libyan Slave Trade Has Shocked the World

A video of men appearing to be sold at auction in Libya for $400 has shocked the world and focused international attention on the exploitation of migrants and refugees the north African country.

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Equality News Update: Figures show over 45,000 students in Scotland sought counselling over last five years

‘We know that student counselling services in universities work incredibly hard but these figures show just how much demand there is for their service’

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Equality News Update: People with learning disabilities launch campaign to break down barriers in Glasgow communities

A CAMPAIGN has been launched to break down barriers between people with learning difficulties and their communities.

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Equality News Update: ‘It made me who I am’ Youngsters open up about life in Scottish care system as charity helps make their voices heard

Over the next five years, the charity Who Cares? Scotland will embark upon an ambitious journey to secure a lifetime of equality, respect and love for all care-experienced people in Scotland.

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Equality News Update: Charity opens residential service in Fife

One of Scotland’s oldest children’s charities has opened up its first home since closing its residential service six years ago.

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Equality News Update: Disabled ‘losing out on jobs’ over Access to Work cap

Disabled people are “losing out” on jobs because of a government support scheme that is “no longer fit for purpose”, campaigners say.

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Equality News Update: Victory for carers who work ‘sleepover’ hours as government agrees to pay them real living wage

Care workers who cover crucial “sleep over” shifts are to be paid the real living wage, the government announced yesterday.

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Equality News Update: Glasgow’s elderly battling loneliness are turning to anti-depressants

ELDERLY people are increasingly resorting to anti-depressants to cope with loneliness and isolation, charity workers have warned.
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Equality News Update: Nearly all trans students are self-harming in Scotland

The most recent Stonewall school report from Scotland shows incredibly high levels of mental health issues in trans students.

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Equality News Update: Scotland ‘fairest in the UK’ but still has £8k gender pay gap

Scotland’s gender pay gap for managers now stands at around £8,000, according to a study published today.

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Equality News Update: 100 apply to mentor disadvantaged in Dundee BREAKTHROUGH programme

A new £1 million Dundee mentoring scheme which aims to give a crucial boost to disadvantaged children received 100 applications to be mentors within its first week.

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