New report on Minimum Income Standard

Joseph Rowntree Foundation have published a new report on Mimum Income Standard. The Minimum Income Standard (MIS) is based on what the public think we all need for a decent minimum living standard. This year’s update includes new research on what working-age adults and pensioners say is needed, and looks back at ten years of MIS research.

t shows that:

  • Minimum household budgets have risen by about a third since 2008 for most household types, and a half for pensioners, compared to a 25% rise in the Consumer Prices Index.
  • Many costs have remained stable, but some have changed substantially, restricting and restraining families on lower incomes. For example, transport costs have risen from around 10% to nearly 20% of minimum household budgets, other than for pensioners who receive free bus travel.
  • Technology is increasingly important as part of a social minimum. A laptop, broadband internet and a basic smartphone cost less today than paying for a landline telephone and a pay-as-you-go mobile did in 2008. Technology is also affecting minimum costs by enabling people to shop online and make price comparisons.

For the full findings and report, see here.

Multiple Volunteer Opportunities- D&G Hard of Hearing Group

The Dumfries and Galloway Hard of Hearing Group are excited to open their doors to new volunteers who would be interested in being:

- A Meet and Greet Volunteer

- A Care and Maintenance Volunteer

- An HR Advisor on the Board of Trustees

- A Secretary to the Board of Trustees


Development of the National Secure Adolescent Inpatient Service- Public Reference Group

NHS Ayrshire and Arran along with North Ayrshire Health and Social Care Partnership, are at the early stages of developing a National Secure Adolescent Inpatient Service (NSAIS) at the Ayrshire Central Site in Irvine. This exciting new development will provide the first secure adolescent inpatient service for young people in Scotland.  

If you would like to know more about the development of the National Secure Adolescent Inpatient Service and the Public Reference Group or, you are interested in joining the Group, we are holding a meeting on Monday 6th August 2018 at 6pm within Fullarton Connexions, Church St, Irvine KA12 8PE.

To secure your place, please complete and return the attached form or contact Carol Craig by email on

Scotland’s New Health and Social Care Standards

The new Health and Social Care Standards (the Standards) set out what we should expect when using health, social care or social work services in Scotland. They seek to provide better outcomes for everyone; to ensure that individuals are treated with respect and dignity, and that the  basic human rights we are all entitled to are upheld.

Borderlands Conference - Feedback from TSDG

Claire (Operations Manager) and Norma (Chief Executive) from Third Sector Dumfries and Galloway attended the first Borderlands conference on 18 June at Easerbrook Hall. It was the main consultation event for the Borderlands Partnership before it submits its bid to national government for region deal funding.