Fairer Scotland

  • Cabinet Secretary for Social Security and Older People – Shirley-Anne Somerville

    27th July 2018 by

    I was recently given the huge privilege of being appointed to Cabinet, to serve as the Scottish Government’s first Cabinet Secretary for Social Security and Older People. I am proud to be building on the work of my predecessor Jeane Freeman, moving from the passage of the historic Social Security (Scotland) Act on to the...

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  • Cabinet Secretary for Communities and Local Government – Aileen Campbell

    26th July 2018 by

    Being asked to be part of the Scottish Government to serve as the Cabinet Secretary for Communities and Local Government is an enormous privilege – that’s because in this role there is the opportunity to help build the fairer and more equal Scotland that I know so many of us seek. And in doing so,...

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  • Learning from others: Kevin Stewart, Housing Minister

    20th July 2018 by

    It is unacceptable that anyone in a country like Scotland should find themselves homeless and I believe everyone needs a safe place they can call home. Everybody found to be homeless in Scotland is entitled to settled housing, yet still too many people struggle to access the accommodation and the services they need. That’s why...

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  • Delivering high-quality, efficient homes for all – Kevin Stewart, Housing Minister

    15th June 2018 by

    Everyone deserves to live in a home that is high-quality, efficient and affordable, and this is why we are committed to delivering suitable homes for communities across Scotland. Since 2007 we have delivered more than 76,500 affordable homes and are also on track to reach our target of at least 50,000 affordable homes over the...

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  • Transforming the use of Temporary Accommodation: Housing Minister, Kevin Stewart

    1st June 2018 by

    Ending rough sleeping and homelessness are national priorities for this Government as part of our drive to create a fairer Scotland. There has been a 40% fall in homelessness applications since 2010 and that is largely due to the innovative and person centred approaches being taken across the country. Where homelessness does occur, Scotland has...

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  • GDPR  – a change to data protection law

    24th May 2018 by

    The General Data Protection Regulations comes into force on May 25, 2018, giving individuals more control over their personal data, and ensuring that organisations collect and process that information properly and securely. To find out more about GDPR, visit the Information Commissioner’s website.

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  • Changes in the Private Rented Sector – May 2018

    23rd May 2018 by

    It’s just over six months since the Scottish Government introduced the new Private Residential Tenancy and it’s important that everyone renting privately, or thinking about it, knows about these changes and their new rights. Since 1 December 2017, all new tenancies in the Private Rented Sector have been private residential tenancies (existing short assured tenancies...

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  • Eradicating fuel poverty: Housing Minister, Kevin Stewart

    21st May 2018 by

    Eradicating fuel poverty is crucial to making Scotland fairer and that is why we will shortly introduce the Fuel Poverty (Target, Definition and Strategy) (Scotland) Bill. This Bill, which many will know as the Warm Homes Bill, will enshrine in legislation our long term ambition to eliminate fuel poverty. Of course, fuel poverty is about...

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  • Mental Health Awareness Week

    16th May 2018 by

    As the theme of this year’s Mental Health Awareness Week campaign is stress, you will no doubt have seen many groups and organisations talking about how they are helping people to recognise and manage their stress. There is a lot of good advice out there and for many of us it is about finding what...

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  • Strengthening family food support

    5th April 2018 by

    As a Government, we are committed to improving the health of our nation and tackling inequality. One of the key challenges we face in achieving this is how to ensure everyone can have a healthy diet, and in particular how to help families with young children to make sure they get the best start in...

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