Thank You Message from Jeane Freeman MSP, Minister for Social Security
these and our response, in early 2017. I have always said, I hope very clearly, that we will have a Scottish social security agency delivering devolved benefits by the end of this parliamentary term. But I hope that I have also been clear that building it and making sure we get the benefits transferred safely and securely from day one, is a process. It’s not a ‘big bang’ one- off event. We need to go through some legislative steps so we have the right legal framework for our agency and we need to make sure that the IT and everything else we need to make payments, is tested, re-tested and tested again. Like you and many, many others I want to fix the wrongs of the current UK system as quickly as I can for the 11 benefits we will be responsible for. But what I can’t do is risk any one of the 1.4 million people all of this affects losing out and not receiving what they’re entitled to, because I cut corners. And one of the most important ways we can make sure we get this right is to continue that direct involvement with people on benefits and with those who provide vital advice and support to them that we started back in July. So in early 2017 we will start our recruitment drive for 2000 volunteers to join our Experience Panels. We’re looking for people who are, or have been on one or more of the 11 benefits to work with us to design, build and test our new social security system, making sure that we really do have the principles of dignity and respect threaded through everything we do and every decision we make. Our success in ensuring a safe and secure delivery of powers depends a great deal on how well we work with you and your networks. So my thanks to you for all you have done so far, my very best wishes to you for the festive season and I look forward to the work we will do, together, in the New Year. Jeane Freeman MSP, Minister for Social Security
Scottish Government's Climate Challenge Fund
Development Grants up to £1500 are available from the Scottish Government's Climate Challenge Fund.
The grants are to help community-led organisations develop an application for future climate action funding or to support peer-to-peer learning activities that build their capacity to tackle climate change.
How is it delivered?
CEMVO Climate Change Officers are working together with CCF Development Officers to support ethnic minority community groups throughout the CCF application process. CEMVO will provide additional support at pre- and post application stage through:
· Telephone meetings
· Face-to-face meetings
CEMVO will focus on helping applicants to understand the application process and guidance that is currently available.
We will also be running a session of networking events and training workshops as identified by community needs.
The development grant allows community consultations to take place and to explore potential climate action. CEMVO Scotland is able to deliver consultation workshops using the "Shifting Normal Model" and these workshops will be tailored to meet the needs of your organisation.