Memo Leaking Alistair Carmichael has picked a fight with the SNP

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Former minister wants local authorities to take responsibility for Crown Estate lands in Orkney and Shetland, rather than the Holyrood parliament. Alistair Carmichael, the former secretary of state for Scotland, has picked a fight with the SNP, demanding that state-owned property in Orkney and Shetland be devolved to local authorities rather than to the Scottish […]

Tax credit cuts would force 522,000 Scottish children into poverty

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More than half a million children in Scotland could be at risk if the Conservatives press ahead with cuts to tax credits, according to the shadow Scottish secretary. Labour’s Ian Murray MP said the move would affect 296,000 families north of the border who receive tax credits, including more than 522,000 children. Chancellor George Osborne […]

George Osborne to axe subsidies in social housing and rent benefits to be scrapped for many households

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George Osborne to axe subsidies in social housing and rent benefits to be scrapped for many households. Higher income earners who live in social housing will no longer be able to claim taxpayer-funded subsidies for their rent under a fresh welfare cut expected to be announced by George Osborne in his Summer Budget this week. […]

SNP furious over Lords’ power over Scotland Bill

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THE SNP has accused David Cameron’s government of ­ignoring the democratic will of the Scottish people by using the unelected House of Lords to make changes to the Scotland Bill. Nicola Sturgeon’s party has stepped up its attack on the Conservative government, claiming it was “an absolute disgrace” that key decisions on the future of […]

Should all employers to be forced to pay the living wage ?

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Ex-Downing Street aide Rohan Silva puts forward radical plan to make the living wage a requirement. George Osborne will come under new pressure to tackle the scourge of low pay, as a former senior adviser to David Cameron calls for all employers to be forced to pay the living wage as a way to combat […]

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