Fairer Scotland

  • Hate crime has no place in Scotland

    15th October 2019 by

    The impact of hate crime has hugely damaging effects on victims, families and communities. Whether it’s rooted in sexual orientation, racism, islamophobia or any other form, it is unacceptable and should not be tolerated. Quite simply, there is no place for hate crime. Hate Crime Awareness Week is important because intolerance and prejudice can weave...

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  • The challenge to end poverty

    7th October 2019 by

    Communities Secretary Aileen Campbell

    Tens of thousands of people in Scotland are at risk of being pushed into poverty if there is a ‘no deal’ Brexit. That is the stark analysis I presented to the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions Thérèse Coffey this week. I warned her of the danger of pushing a further 130,000 people into...

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  • Setting out a vision for the future of housing

    25th September 2019 by

    In just four years, Scottish Housing Day has grown to become a key fixture in the housing calendar. It’s an important opportunity to celebrate the positive impact of good quality housing and encourage people to explore and understand the housing options available to them. But what I love most about Scottish Housing Day is simpler:...

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  • Putting place at the heart of policy

    10th September 2019 by

    Earlier this year The Scottish Government and COSLA agreed to adopt the Place Principle. But what does it mean for you and your community? The places we live, work, grow-up, and have fun in shape who we are – we all know the places and spaces that are important to us. Turning that approach into...

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  • Changing negative perceptions of rough sleeping and homelessness – guest blog from the Simon Community

    20th August 2019 by

    simon community

    Megan Thomson manages the Simon’s Community’s RSVP Street Team service in Glasgow.  Here she talks about changing negative perceptions of rough sleeping and homelessness, and how the Simon Community is making a difference to people’s lives.  Simon Community Scotland Street Team are out on the streets of Glasgow 365 days of the year, working with...

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  • Two child benefit limit should be scrapped

    1st August 2019 by

    Social Security Secretary Shirley-Anne Somerville

    The two-child benefit limit implemented by the UK Government should be scrapped. The latest statistics released on the number of people affected by the cap on Child Tax Credits and the Child Element of Universal Credit is sad reading. Behind every number is a family denied and a child that has not received support they...

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  • Housing First – Adam’s story

    17th July 2019 by

    Adam is a bright, articulate and funny 37 year old man who has been homeless on and off for the past seven years. He is great company and has a warm and caring personality. He has, however, been through a very traumatic time that he still finds difficult to talk about. When asked about his...

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  • We will not be silent on Female Genital Mutilation

    12th July 2019 by

    A commitment to the people of Scotland that we are taking long term action to change our society and make it a fairer and more equal place to live

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  • John-Paul’s Story – Teddy Hospital

    4th July 2019 by

    Spending time in hospital can be a scary experience for anyone, regardless of age. John-Paul’s Dad tells us how the Teddy Hospital was used as a really helpful way to explain what was happening to him so could understand and speak about this and be more comfortable in the hospital. John-Paul was born with chronic...

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  • Craig’s Story

    27th June 2019 by

    Hear about how Craig’s  play at The Yard helped build confidence by giving him the encouragement and space to socialise and try new things.  Sharon is mum to Craig, aged 11, who attends the Thursday 10-14’s club at The Yard. Craig has been a member of this club since April 2018 and enjoys coming every...

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