The Scottish Government forecasts a 40% rise in the number of people able to get help with funeral costs when a new benefit payment is introduced this summer.
New animal welfare laws requiring all abattoirs to use CCTV could be brought in.
More than 100,000 grants have been paid out by the scheme used to mitigate Westminster’s so-called bedroom tax in Scotland, new figures show.
Scottish Labour will implement all-women shortlists in selections for Holyrood and Westminster, leader Richard Leonard has confirmed.
The Scottish Government should effectively abolish Westminster’s “abhorrent” two child benefit cap and the so-called “rape clause” in the Holyrood Budget, Richard Leonard has said.
The roll-out of Universal Credit will mean a “significant number” of people will receive less financial support, a senior official with the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) has said.
Almost half of those in receipt of Universal Credit chose the Scottish Government’s alternative payment options when offered.
More Scots are being forced to ask for emergency aid to help with the cost of feeding their families and heating their homes, with six council areas across the country seeing applications for crisis grants rise by 30% or more.
Nicola Sturgeon has hit out at the “appalling” and “Dickensian” comments made by the Scottish Tory welfare spokeswoman Michelle Ballantyne, who sparked an outcry at Holyrood after she said it was “fair” that people receiving benefits could not have “as many children as they like”.
Thousands of cancer patients in Scotland will be put at risk if they are forced to move over to Universal Credit, according to a charity.
A Scottish Conservative MSP has defended welfare reforms, claiming those who do not work “cannot have as many children as they like”.
The roll-out of Universal Credit across the country is an “unfolding disaster” which will have a “severe” impact on the most vulnerable, the Scottish First Minister has said.
The Scottish SPCA is looking for volunteers to join its new Dundee Supporter Group.