Anti-austerity campaigns kick off week of action in Scotland

Anti-cuts groups linked to Scottish campaign Action Against Austerity has launched a week of action calling on the Scottish government to end its participation in damaging disability benefit re-assessment programmes. The network argues that the process of switching claimants people over from Disability Living Allowance (DLA) to Personal Independence Payments (PIP), which involves reassessing all claimants, even

Protests and occupation in Glasgow and Edinburgh attack Scottish housing troubles

Two protests in Scotland’s biggest cities today have highlighted the damaging impacts on homelessness of the Benefits Cap and Glasgow Council’s failure to deal with its rough sleeping problems. In Edinburgh, an Our Welfare-called rally saw campaigners occupy Edinburgh Council’s city meeting chambers singing “we shall not be moved” in support of 11 families, including 42 children who

Scotland: Action Against Austerity kicks off new campaign to protect welfare

Dozens of posters have appeared on Edinburgh’s Leith Walk insisting the Scottish government must stop the reassessment process being used against Disability Living Allowance claimants. The posters are part of a buildup towards a Week of Action which has been called by libertarian socialist-backed coalition Action Against Austerity from June 22nd-29th to demand Holyrood act to protect

Calls rise for full Scottish spycops inquiry as police admit holding secret files

Police Scotland has confirmed the existence of 1,168 files linked to the policing of protests in 2005 against the G8 in Scotland, including one described as holding “intelligence briefings” on spycops — prompting campaigners to raise new calls for a Scottish inquiry. A full inquiry into abuses carried out by the disgraced National Public Order Intelligence Unit