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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Half a million pounds is being made available to help break down inequality in the workplace.
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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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Scottish Goverment Position on EU citizens’ rights
The link above is a PDF leaflet providing information on the Scottish Government’s position on EU citizens’ rights with links to further information and advice for those affected by Brexit. The text is also accessible below – note you can translate using the tool in the top right corner of the screen.
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Residential care homes in Scotland are facing a crisis due to rising costs, a leading charity has warned.
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New data from Ucas has shown a drop in students from the most disadvantaged backgrounds applying to university
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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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