Police Scotland is currently developing the 2018/19 Annual Police Plan which will be laid before the Scottish Parliament at the end of March.

The plan has been shaped around the areas of focus within the Policing 2026 strategy ‘Serving a Changing Scotland’ of prevention, protection, communities, knowledge and innovation.  It sets out the policing priorities for 2018/19 and summarises the planned activities to address these priorities.

They are keen to engage with you as partners and offer you the opportunity to comment on extracts from the draft plan via the following Citizen Space  survey:https://consult.scotland.police.uk/consultation/bdc22c26

They would appreciate if you could consider the information within the survey and provide feedback by 21 February 2018.  Your feedback will be very useful as they develop the final version of the plan in March 2018.

I you have any queries regarding this engagement phase, please contact Sergeant Keith Forrester via strategicplanningdevelopment@scotland.pnn.police.uk.

Hundreds of refugees and asylum seekers have helped develop a new strategy to support those seeking safety in Scotland.
The New Scots Refugee Integration Strategy, endorsed by the United Nations’ Refugee Agency, sets out a vision for how Scotland can welcome and support people to rebuild their lives from the day they arrive.
The strategy commits to better services such as education, housing, health and employment and aims to help people settle, become part of the community, share their skills and pursue their ambitions.
More than 700 refugees and asylum seekers were part of 2,000 people involved in the development of the strategy.

Read more at: http://thirdforcenews.org.uk/tfn-news/new-scots-strategy-to-welcome-refugees?utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Weekly%20Third%20Force%20News%20-%20social-justice-and-poverty&utm_content=Weekly%20Third%20Force%20News%20-%20social-justice-and-poverty+CID_4fef3e6402dfd91b6df4f23c67019b3b&utm_source=Email%20marketing%20software&utm_term=New%20Scots%20strategy%20to%20welcome%20refugees#eFZILYMqrXli1hpx.99

Disability charities have said that those who are rejected for benefits need more information on how a decision was made
Disabled people who have welfare claims rejected look set to remain in the dark as to the reasons why they have been knocked back.
A second independent review into Personal Independence Payments (PIP), which was carried out last year, recommended that assessment reports should be made available to claimants.
The Westminster government has now published its response to the review - which was led by Paul Gray, chairman of the Social Security Advisory Committee – and said that it broadly accepts its main recommendations.

Read more at: http://thirdforcenews.org.uk/tfn-news/disabled-people-need-information-on-why-they-have-been-rejected-for-pip?utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Weekly%20Third%20Force%20News%20-%20social-justice-and-poverty&utm_content=Weekly%20Third%20Force%20News%20-%20social-justice-and-poverty+CID_4fef3e6402dfd91b6df4f23c67019b3b&utm_source=Email%20marketing%20software&utm_term=Disabled%20people%20need%20information%20on%20why%20they%20have%20been%20rejected%20for%20PIP#wEytB7kfKKgYIYIG.99

Following the publication of the Low Pay in the Charity Sector Report , which explored the nature and demographics of low pay in the charity sector, the Living Wage Foundation now hope to engage the entire sector collectively through a survey which is live until Monday 29 January -have your say. Results will feed into an Action Plan for challenging low pay in the sector, which will be published in Spring 2018.

Following the announcement of changes to income tax in Scotland, HM Revenue & Customs has now clarified that this will mean more people can claim back tax on donations to charities, but charities should claim as normal - read more in Civil Society.



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