SNP Gooood report on BBC Scotland News website is unbalanced without comment from Murdo Fraser

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Once more, the BBC Scotland website presents good news without the usual sting in the tail from Murdo Fraser or Jackie Baillie. A presumably unsupervised young webmaster still to do the SNPBaaad staff development module produces a factual piece I can’t complain about, writing:

‘Holyrood is taking on responsibility for a raft of social security powers including disability living allowance. The Scottish government is to amend its social security legislation to give people the right to have someone with them during welfare assessments. A bill is currently under consideration at Holyrood to set up Scotland’s own devolved social security system.’

They even let Jeanne Freeman say that this was proof that Scotland will do things differently. That’s what I’ve been saying here for some time. See below.

Holyrood will be responsible for other social security powers including:

  • Disability Living Allowance
  • Personal Independence Payments
  • Carer’s Allowances
  • Discretionary Housing Payments
  • Winter Fuel Payments

They even let her go on to say:

‘Under the current system, people who attend assessments aren’t able to have someone with them during the assessment. We have all been in situations where we could do with a helping hand from someone who knows us, or just a bit of moral support. This is proof that Scotland will do things differently and one of the first ways we can show people we mean exactly what we say.’

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-scotland-politics-42739130

Brilliant, I love it. As you know, I never miss an opportunity to remind you of earlier reports here saying something similar, so see:

In a year of terrible events, we can still feel that this wee country is getting better as it drifts away from the callous, post-imperial, values of Tory Britain

Ah, too late, here comes Murdo or Ruth:

‘SNP allow alleged benefit fraudsters to advise the disabled on how to cheat.’

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3 thoughts on “SNP Gooood report on BBC Scotland News website is unbalanced without comment from Murdo Fraser

  1. John Gordon January 21, 2018 / 2:04 pm

    My other half, who has been a bit of a doubter (though gradually seeing the light), was saying how good this all was after reading a piece in the Guardian.

    Another thing this weekend was the Strathclyde report on the Renfrewshire Literacy Approach. It seems to show how improvements can be achieved in reading by using more inclusive and pupil orientated ways of teaching. Worth a look. I’m sure you can pull out the important bits.

    https://strathprints.strath.ac.uk/62912/

    Keep up the good work
    John

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  2. grumpyeuryale January 21, 2018 / 3:38 pm

    The bit about taking someone along to assessments is wrong – I’ve never been told that I have to attend an assessment on my own. Quite the contrary. Nothing to do with SNP input.

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    • johnrobertson834 January 21, 2018 / 3:42 pm

      They haven’t done it yet but they will. See: ‘The Scottish government is to amend its social security legislation to give people the right to have someone with them during welfare assessments. A bill is currently under consideration at Holyrood to set up Scotland’s own devolved social security system.’

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