Supporting Older People into Employment (SOPIE)

Identifying factors influencing return to work in the over 50s This new study on the over 50s aims to investigate the relationships between health, worklessness, the return to work process and the sustainability of employment writes the SOPIE research team. In 2014, the UK Coalition Government appointed a Business Champion for Older Workers. This appointment…

Challenges faced by Central & East European migrants: welfare and support services in rural Scotland

In advance of the Policy Scotland Welfare Reform Network’s event ‘Supporting Migrants in Welfare Reform’, Dr Holly Porteous writes on ways to address challenges facing migrants from Central & Eastern Europe who are living, working and accessing social security services in rural Scotland. Holly is currently a Researcher on the ESRC-funded project ‘Social Support and Migration in…

Council tax reform is long overdue – so how do we do it?

biketrouble/Flickr CC BY-NC-SA   Kenneth Gibb, Policy Scotland, University of Glasgow When the council tax was first introduced in 1993, it was viewed as a politically clever fix after the catastrophe of the poll tax. It combined the palatable parts of a tax on property with personal discounts and limited exemptions for certain groups, such as students.…

Housing and Wellbeing – blueprints and more

By Professor Ken Gibb, University of Glasgow Earlier today I was part of a report launch jamboree in Edinburgh. This was the official presentation of the Commission on Housing and Wellbeing: A Blueprint for Scotland’s Future. This has been a two year programme of work supported by, but independent of, Shelter Scotland. I have been…

Commission on Housing and Wellbeing

Yesterday the final report from the Commission on Housing and Wellbeing that Shelter Scotland set up back in 2013 was launched. Chaired by the former Auditor General, Robert Black the Commission was established to look at the ways in which housing can and does impact on the wider wellbeing of Scotland’s people – including their…