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£30k Rise In Crisis Grants In Stirling’s First Year Of Universal Credit

Bruce Crawford and Scott Farmer attend rally

The first year of Universal Credit having been rolled out in the Stirling area (June 2017 – June 2018) has seen a £30,609.77 rise in Crisis Grants through the Scottish Welfare Fund being made by Stirling Council, based on previous year (June 2016 – June 2017).

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Council Leader Takes Universal Credit Concerns To Tory Government

Halt Universal Credit in Stirling

Leader of Stirling Council, SNP Councillor Scott Farmer, has written to the Work and Pensions Secretary David Gauke, calling for the rollout of Universal Credit to be halted.

Universal Credit was introduced in Stirling in June last year and a report from the Council has shown that council house and housing association rent arrears have increased significantly, there has been a sharp increase in the number of crisis grants awarded to struggling families and individuals, and food bank referrals have increased.

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Care Hub Celebrates New Milestone

Attendees at the Topping out ceremony

A topping out ceremony at the new Stirling Care Village was held on Friday 24th November 2017 to mark the final tiles being placed on the roof of the new Care Hub building. The hub will have more than 100 beds and will provide short-term care, assessment or rehabilitation to older people who require additional support following an illness or operation. Set in a comfortable, homely environment it aims to help older people recover, regain their independence and, in the majority of cases, return to their own homes.

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Stirling SNP Lead Universal Credit Demonstration

Bruce Crawford and Scott Farmer attend rally

Stirling SNP led a demonstration to halt Universal Credit on Saturday (25th Nov).
The day of action included a procession from King’s Park followed by a rally at Thistle Park in Stirling.
Rally speakers included Stirling MSP Bruce Crawford, SNP MP Drew Hendry, Stirling Council Leader Scott Farmer, and Jessica Lindohf of Stirling Women’s Aid.
Stirling SNP’s campaign has gained hundreds of signatures for the party’s petition to halt Universal Credit.

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