Equality News Update: 3% tax rise and package of cuts voted through

Fife Council voted for a 3% tax rise from April 2018, with Band D going up a level to £1186.09 per year, rent by 4.9% along with a set of difficult decisions in order to reduce the budget by £12.8 million.

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Equality News Update: Gender pay gap – Men still earn more than women in most firms across the UK

Men earn more than women in 84% of the firms that have submitted their Gender Pay Gap report. This figure is from data gathered from around 1000 reports out 9000 that due by April 2018.  

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Equality News Update: Fife migrants share fears of being treated like “second category citizens” after Brexit to Scottish Affairs Committee

Members of Fife Migrants Forum, NFU Scotland and Highlands & Islands Enterprise gave evidence to the Scottish Affairs Committe and discussed fears of being treated as second class citizens as Brexit progresses.

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Equality News Update: Police Scotland ‘We Can Stop It’ campaign against rape

A fifth of the rapes reported to Police Scotland are from victims who were asleep or suffering from the effects of drink or drugs at the time. The ‘We Can Stop It’ campaign will share the message that sex without consent is rape.

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Equality News Update: Launch of Scottish Human Rights Declaration

FCE Manager Nina Munday will be attending the launch of the Scottish Human Rights Declaration on 19 Febrary 2018. FCE is one of over 100 signatories to the new declaration which includes trade unions, national charities and professional bodies such as the British Medical Association. 

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Equality News Update: Scotland ‘failing to meet housing needs’ of older and disabled people

Urgent action is required to reverse the shortage of housing for older and disabled people as Scotland struggles to meet the needs of a rapidly ageing population, according to a new alliance of charities and other organisations.

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Equality News Update: A divided Kingdom: How child poverty blights the lives of more than 17,000 youngsters in Fife

In the second part of our special series looking at the impact of child poverty in Courier Country, Michael Alexander investigates the scale of the problem in Fife and visits Glenrothes where high child poverty levels are in stark contrast to the utopian vision of the ‘new town’ created 70 years ago.

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Equality News Update: £500,000 fund launched to promote equality at work

Half a million pounds is being made available to help break down inequality in the workplace.

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Equality News Update: Homeless illegally turned away by councils

People who have nowhere to sleep or are about to lose their homes are being turned away illegally by councils, BBC Scotland can reveal.

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Equality News Update: Scotland facing care home crisis

Residential care homes in Scotland are facing a crisis due to rising costs, a leading charity has warned.

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Equality News Update: Lanarkshire grandmother who recovered from clinical depression shares experience in bid to help others

Jean determined to speak up about mental health and help others on the road to recovery and a fulfilling life.

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Equality News Update: New data shows decline in poorest students applying for university

New data from Ucas has shown a drop in students from the most disadvantaged backgrounds applying to university

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Equality News Update: Diversity plea to employers as one in four young LGBT people are abused in the workplace

More than a quarter of young Scottish LGBT people have been verbally abused in their workplace.

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Equality News Update: Lifting benefit cap ‘could help 15,000 Scots out of poverty

Lifting the benefit cap in Scotland and ending the so-called ‘rape clause’ could lift 15,000 Scots out of poverty, a think tank has claimed.

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Equality News Update: Family’s intergenerational Sub Continent connection

THE Benarty-Indian connection started from a room in 72 Kirkland Gardens, Ballingry, and it was significant international correspondence that would take place over thousands of miles between people who did not know one another, but had a common love for the Bible and the Christian faith.

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