Up to 225 children under the age of ten have been treated for alcohol-related injuries or illness in Scotland in the last three years, new figures show.
NHS Ayrshire and Arran was the worst affected health board area, with 86 under-tens treated between 2011 and 2013, followed by NHS Tayside with 61 cases and NHS Forth Valley with 33.
The numbers soared in the age group ten to 18, with a total of 4884 young people treated for an alcohol-related condition over the same period.
NHS Ayrshire and Arran again had the highest incidence, with 1483 cases recorded, followed by NHS Tayside with 1385 and NHS Forth Valley with 612.
JUST at the moment, Lord Smith of Kelvin is a busy man. To him falls the hellish task of herding the alley cats of party politics. Somehow the peer must persuade them to agree a scheme for further devolution, and do so before November ends. Good luck, as they say, with that.
It ought to be impossible. The Westminster parties had months and years to do the job and didn't bother. In fact, Labour, Conservatives and Liberal Democrats went into the last stretch of the referendum campaign refusing to produce a joint proposition to enlighten those liable to vote No. Quite an oversight.
Dear Prime Minister,
Your Minister for Welfare Reform has said that he believes some disabled people are “not worth the full wage”. Despite outrage on all benches, including from senior Conservatives, and from charity leaders, you have failed to act.
Lord Freud’s remarks were completely unacceptable, and it is also unacceptable that someone with these views remains in charge of such an important post in your government.
It is now vital that you publicly confront the following issues.
After learning of the comments, your spokesman said you would “want to hear what Lord Freud is going to say”. Can you confirm that you have personally not spoken to Lord Freud to discuss his views, and yet you have given him a clean bill of health?
Lord Freud said in relation to disabled people being paid less than the national minimum wage that he was “going to... [Read More]
The map indicated that one in three youngsters in Glasgow were living in hardship, putting the city just outside the 20 worst local authorities in the UK. In another five Scottish council areas, the figures suggested more than a quarter of all children were growing up in families that were struggling to get by. They were identified as Clackmannanshire, Dundee, East Ayrshire, Inverclyde and North Ayrshire. Read full article here
There are unconfirmed, but entirely credible, reports that the Conservative party is planning to make disability living allowance (DLA) and personal independence payment (PIP) taxable benefits in order to help pay for tax cuts for people currently in the top tax bracket.
In addition, we reveal that all employment and support allowance (ESA) claimants are to be hit with a freeze on their benefits if the Tories get back into government in 2015, not just claimants in the work-related activity group. George Osborne’s weasel words at the Conservative party conference misled many, including us.
We did, at least, spot the sneaky misrepresentation by IDS when he claimed that universal credit is being rolled out... [Read More]
Lord Smith has also asked members of the public to contribute their views on strengthening Holyrood's powers before the deadline of 31 October, using the e-mail address email@example.com.
For more information on submitting to the consultation read this page on the new website.
In the first of a series of blogs during party conference season, Chris Goulden assesses the successes and failures of Labour’s approach to tackling poverty, and what they should do next.
Labour never had a proper strategy on poverty, which is why initial improvements in child poverty started going off course long before the recession. A good strategy needs to set out an end point, describe how to get there and take a comprehensive approach. Read full article ... [Read More]
The East Ayrshire Tenants and residents conference will be held this year on Satuday 4th October 2014. Between the hours of 9.30am and 3.30pm in the St. Joseph's Campus Grassyards Road New Farm Loch Kilmarnock. Housing Minister Margaret Burgess MSP will be attending. Lunch and refreshments provided and travel expenses will be paid.
To book your place call Caroline Harte on 01563 524073
or email firstname.lastname@example.org before 2pm on Tuesday 30th September 2014, which is great considering I just received my newsletter this morning.