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Universal Credit summary & SNP stance.

Bill Kidd MSP: Universal Credit

My colleagues in the SNP and I are firmly against Universal Credit and continue to call for an immediate halt to this failed policy. Full service Universal Credit will be introduced into the Anniesland constituency (via the Drumchapel job centre) on Wednesday 5th December 2018.

I have repeatedly brought this to the attention of the Scottish Parliament- asking the Scottish Government for their response and the First Minister for her response to Universal Credit. You can watch this below.

Whilst the SNP takes numerous issues against Universal Credit, this will be taking affect within our Anniesland constituency next month. Given this reality, it is vital that people are informed about what Universal Credit is and are aware of the delayed waiting times for payments (a minimum five week delay), which for many families will affect planning for Christmas. In many cases there has been a delay of 12 weeks.

I recommend taking the time to read advice from Citizen’s Advice Scotland (they also call on the UK Government to halt the rollout of the scheme) and the Money Advice Service. It is very important that you are fully aware of what you are entitled to and of what steps you may need to take to receive payments. 

If you do not have a bank account, then it is advisable that you set one up. You can speak to a bank or Citizen's Advice Bureau for advice on how to do this. The Universal Credit system is largely online, so if you do not have a computer then I would reccomend going to your local library. 

Please find below a basic summary of Universal Credit- what it is and how to access it- with links to explanatory guides. Universal Credit now has a freephone advice line that you can contact for further information as well.

Universal Credit Freephone Helpline: 0800 328 5644

You can also meet up with advisors from Citizen's Advice Scotland or if you are expriencing issues with receivng UC then consider attending one of Carol Monghan's (MP for North West of Glasgow) surgeries or one of my own.

I, along with my colleagues in the SNP here in the Scottish Parliament and in Westminster, will not stop speaking out for our constituents. We want a system which is fair and does not penalise the poorest in Scotland. The Scottish Government continues to prioritise fair policies and has ensured that Scottish recepients of UC have the option of receiving payments fortnightly rather than only monthly. Ultimately though, how this benefits system works needs to be radically changed by the UK Government. As the UN rapporteur on Human Rights and Extreme Poverty put it, "many aspects of the design and rollout of the prgramme have suggested that the DWP is more concerned with making economic savings and sending messages about lifestyles than responding to the multiple needs of those living with a disability, job loss, housing insecurity, illness and the demands of parenting... an inreasing body of reseach makes clear that there are far too many instances in which Universal Credit is being implemented in ways that negatively impact many claimants' mental health, finances, and work prospects."

 This system is unacceptable and clearly shows UK Government prioritisation of the richest above the poorest. 

 

BKS

 

 

Bill Kidd MSP

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ROSC seminar - 27th NOVEMBER

NW ROSC Seminar programme is scheduled for Tuesday 27th November, 9.30-12.30pm at Whiteinch Centre. Networking soup & sandwich between 12.30-1pm. 

 

 All seminars are open to all who have an interest in Recovery orientated approaches.

The theme of this Seminar is “Prevention & Education” alongside updates and further discussion on all work streams. Programme to follow.

BILL KIDD MSP URGES ANNIESLAND EMPLOYERS TO SIGN UP TO LIVING WAGE

SCOTTISH LIVING WAGE EMPLOYERS RISES BY OVER 30% SINCE 2017

 

SNP MSP Bill Kidd has urged businesses in Anniesland to sign up to the Scottish Living Wage as part of Living Wage Week.  

The Scottish Living Wage is independently calculated based on the cost of living – with the real Living Wage rising by 25p to £9, above the minimum wage of £7.83 for workers aged over 25.

 

There are currently 274 accredited Living Wage employers in Glasgow.

Bill has written to employers in Anniesland encouraging them to explore the benefits of accreditation, with research showing paying the real Living Wage leads to a fall in absenteeism and a significant impact on recruitment and staff retention. 

 

Commenting, Bill said:

 

“The real Living Wage can make a huge difference to both workers and employers.

 

“For business, paying the Living Wage makes sense - it’s an investment in people and all the evidence shows it leads to increased productivity and reduced staff absence and turnover.

 

“It is completely unacceptable that the UK government did not use last week’s Budget to raise the National Living Wage, extend it to all workers and end discrimination of young people.  With low pay one of the main drivers of in-work poverty, it is vital that employers who can pay the real Living Wage do so.

 

“I would strongly encourage all employers in Anniesland to look into the real benefits of becoming an accredited Living Wage employer.”

Whiteinch Transformation project visit

Bill was pleased to visit Whiteinch Transformation to learn about their new Made 4 More project. Whiteinch Transformation works in the heart of the whiteinch community to show kindness and provide help to people when they are in need. They run four main projects, including: 'Healing for the Heart' which helps people through services like counselling; a food bank serving postcodes G11/G14; Forge (training and resourcing people); and runs budget and money managemnet courses with Christians Against Poverty (CAP).

Healing for the Heart recently launched a programme called Made 4 More, which supports people as they volunteer. The goal of this programme is to equip people with new skills and gain experience in new areas. 

Here's what they say about it:

"We take a holistic approach to mental and emotional health and Made for More will provide one to one tailored support to ensure that all factors which contribute towards our volunteers' emotional and mental well being are addressed. The program promotes working and learning, together with discussion based therapeutic group work.

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Bill Kidd MSP

Welcome

Bill is MSP for Glasgow Anniesland. 

His major political interests are the development of policies to eradicate poverty, job creation, housing policy and an end to the nuclear power and weapons programmes of successive British Governments.

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