I used to teach student journalists research methods. They seemed bright enough then to quickly find the evidence they needed for an informed and intelligent kind of reporting.
The above report is, as we expect, devoid of those first-year attributes.
Not reported by the Scotsman:
The Scottish Government has taken the following steps, within its devolved powers, to help households and businesses through the cost of living crisis:
introduced £150 council tax payments – reaching 1.85 million (73%) of all households
invested £10 million to continue the Fuel Insecurity Fund
uprated eight Scottish benefits by 6%
increased the Scottish Child Payment to £20 from April 2022 and to £25 from late 2022 – lifting an estimated 50,000 children out of relative poverty in 2023
increased support for home energy efficiency
introduced free period products – with legislation coming into force later this year making this a statutory right
invested £41 million in 2022/23 in the Scottish Welfare Fund
mitigated the benefits cap and bedroom tax through Discretionary Housing Payments
invested £113 million in Tackling Child Poverty this year, including £53 million for Parental Employment, £15 million for Parental Transition Fund, £2 million for Challenge Fund
invested around £12 million in debt and welfare advice
expanded Free School Meals
increased the school clothing grant up to £120 for primary and £150 for secondary aged pupilshttps://www.gov.scot/news/urgent-action-needed-on-cost-of-living/
In response to the cost of living crisis, three key Scottish Government energy efficiency and heat programmes will be boosted from April. These include:
Expanding the Home Energy Scotland (HES) advice service, which provides free, impartial advice available to all households in Scotland on making homes warmer, greener and easier to heat. Capacity will be increased by 20% to support an extra 12,000 households a year, whilst a service offering bespoke advice to the most vulnerable households will be doubled.
Widening the eligibility criteria of the Scottish Government’s flagship Warmer Homes Scotland fuel poverty programme to include more groups within the 60 – 75 years age range.
Increasing the level of funding individual fuel poor households could benefit from through the local authority-led Area Based Schemes.
More than £160 million of funding is being invested this year to help make Scotland’s homes and buildings warmer and more efficient, supporting efforts to tackle fuel poverty whilst helping householders manage their energy bills and reduce carbon emissions.https://www.gov.scot/news/tackling-the-cost-of-living-crisis/
TuS researcher Johnny Rubberskin (71) took 15 minutes to find and report the above.