Equality News Update: Central Fife Times: Sweeping reforms to tackle mental health inequalities set out by Government

The Government has set out sweeping proposals to tackle mental health inequalities including the disproportionate detention of people from black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) backgrounds.   Read more at: https://www.centralfifetimes.com/news/national-news/19006379.sweeping-reforms-tackle-mental-health-inequalities-set-government/ #EqNews #LocalServices #COVID-19 #MentalHealth

Equality News Update: The Courier: Retired maths teacher devotes lockdown to helping youngsters while schools are closed

A retired teacher has offered free tutoring to pupils who need it whilst schools are closed.   Mo Brodie has been giving lessons to 10 pupils so far, and is encouraging former teachers to consider tutoring young people.   Read more at: https://www.thecourier.co.uk/fp/news/local/dundee/1895854/retired-maths-teacher-devotes-lockdown-to-helping-youngsters-while-schools-are-closed/ #EqNews #LocalServices #Education #COVID-19

Equality News Update: The Times: Coronavirus in Scotland: Solitude hits young harder

A survey shows that the number of young people in rural Scotland feeling socially isolated is even higher than that of older people, with almost 33% of participants saying they felt lonely "most" or "all of the time."   This poll was part of research taken in October and November 2020 - to investigate the … Continue reading Equality News Update: The Times: Coronavirus in Scotland: Solitude hits young harder

Equality News Update: The National: Scotland faces ‘crisis’ of in-work poverty if Universal Credit cut, charity says

More than 30% of Universal Credit claimants seeking advice are in-work according to Citizens Advice Scotland - with the fear that if the £20-per-week increase to Universal Credit is not made permanent, there will be a crisis of Scottish Households living in-work poverty.   Read more here: https://www.thenational.scot/news/18983737.scotland-faces-crisis-in-work-poverty-universal-credit-cut-charity-says/ #EqNews #LocalServices #COVID-19 #In-workPoverty #UniversalCredit

Equality News Update: Fife Today: Fifers warned over fake vaccine text alert

Fifers are being warned about a new text scam, claiming to be from the NHS and requesting your personal information to process a vaccine test application. Dean Lockhart, member for Mid-Scotland and Fife brought the scam to light after a number of constituents came to him with concerns over the message - it reads: "We … Continue reading Equality News Update: Fife Today: Fifers warned over fake vaccine text alert

Equality News Update: Third Force News: Speak out about mental health in 2021

With the introduction of another lockdown in Scotland, people are being asked to help raise awareness of mental health issues and help eliminate the stigma that surrounds them. See Me Scotland found that over half of their volunteers were worried about sharing their difficulties with others because everyone was going through tough times.   Learn … Continue reading Equality News Update: Third Force News: Speak out about mental health in 2021

Equality News Update: The Herald: Poverty crisis concern as number of Scots claiming benefits doubles during pandemic

NEW concerns have been raised about a poverty crisis in Scotland as it has emerged that the numbers claiming benefits has nearly doubled during the Covid-19 pandemic - despite government support schemes.   Since November 2019, the claimant count of people applying to Universal Credit and Jobseeker's Allowance has almost doubled from 111,280 to 210,750. The … Continue reading Equality News Update: The Herald: Poverty crisis concern as number of Scots claiming benefits doubles during pandemic

Equality News Update: STV News: ‘I was kicked, punched and called China Virus’

Do Hyeon Gim was attacked by a gang of teenagers as he walked home in Edinburgh. He’s from Korea, but was called ‘China Virus’ and kicked and punched while passers-by filmed the violence on their mobile phones. Police say the number of China-related hate crimes in Scotland has risen by 50% this year – “probably … Continue reading Equality News Update: STV News: ‘I was kicked, punched and called China Virus’

Equality News Update: Scottish Government News: Coronavirus (COVID-19) in schools

A new summary of the latest evidence of the impact of COVID-19 in schools has been published. This paper was created by the COVID-19 Advisory Sub-Group on Education and Children’s Issues, it examines the risks posed by the virus to both pupils and staff as well as the benefits of schools remaining open.   To … Continue reading Equality News Update: Scottish Government News: Coronavirus (COVID-19) in schools

Equality News Update: The Courier: Tier three guide to school, work, exercise, shielding and hospitality in Angus, Fife, and Perth and Kinross

The Courier has released a handy guide to the Tier 3 restrictions coming into place in Fife, Angus and Perth and Kinross from this Friday. It covers a range of topics including: Childcare and Primary Schools / Nurseries College and University Employment Travelling from Tier 1/2 areas Meeting Family and Friends Read more about the … Continue reading Equality News Update: The Courier: Tier three guide to school, work, exercise, shielding and hospitality in Angus, Fife, and Perth and Kinross

Equality News Update: The Herald: Coronavirus: Research reveals toll of Covid on families with disabled and seriously ill children

Since the start of the pandemic, research by Family Fund has found that half of families have suffered loss of income due to COVID-19, with 41% having to fall back onto their savings. One concern is that even if support reverts back to pre-COVID-19 levels, the negative impact on the physical and mental wellbeing of … Continue reading Equality News Update: The Herald: Coronavirus: Research reveals toll of Covid on families with disabled and seriously ill children

Equality News Update: The Courier: Communities to be consulted before more Spaces for People initiatives after north east Fife uproar

Communities are to be consulted on any changes to social distancing practice across towns and villages after car parking was suspended in St. Andrews, as well as barriers being removed after campaigns by locals. Read more and get involved in the consultation here: https://www.thecourier.co.uk/fp/news/local/fife/1697410/communities-to-be-consulted-before-the-introduction-of-further-spaces-for-people-initiatives-following-north-east-fife-uproar/ #EqNews #Covid-19 #LocalServices #SocialDistancing

Equality News Update: BBC News: How will the new jobs support plan work in Scotland?

Reported by BBC News  – the news we share raises awareness of equality issues being reported in the media. BBC News have released a handy summary of what the job support plans will look like in Scotland in the coming months, covering the necessary contributions made by the UK government as well as employers to … Continue reading Equality News Update: BBC News: How will the new jobs support plan work in Scotland?

Equality News Update: Disability News Service: Watchdog’s report spotlights ‘shocking’ impact of pandemic on social care in Scotland

Reported by Disability News Service – the news we share raises awareness of equality issues being reported in the media. The Scottish Human Rights Commission's new reported shows that a "considerable proportion" of people who rely on social care at home in Scotland have had their support either cut or removed completely. The report warned … Continue reading Equality News Update: Disability News Service: Watchdog’s report spotlights ‘shocking’ impact of pandemic on social care in Scotland

Equality News Update: Fife Today: £3m to help home people in need in Fife

Reported by Fife Today – the news we share raises awareness of equality issues being reported in the media. Fife Council has approved plans to purchase an extra 50 homes, bringing the target to 100 homes purchased by March 2021. Hopefully the acquisition of these new homes will ensure that families are getting the support … Continue reading Equality News Update: Fife Today: £3m to help home people in need in Fife