Fairer Scotland

  • Challenging racism in Scotland – Guest blog from Danny Boyle, BEMIS Scotland

    18th October 2019 by

    “Tackling racism and building connected communities is not a side issue. This is one of the most important things in society. We need the science of data – but we need the science of stories too” BEMIS Scotland held a thematic conference on prejudice motivated by racial and religious hatred earlier this week. Our intention...

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  • No one in Scotland should have to rely on charitable food donations

    16th October 2019 by

    Today is World Food Day and an important opportunity to reflect. No one in Scotland should be left hungry and have to rely on charitable food donations. The theme that the UN have set for this year’s World Food Day is healthy diets for a zero hunger world. This speaks to many aspects of what...

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  • Small Steps, Big Changes – Guest blog from Sarah Robinson Galloway, YouthLink Scotland

    16th October 2019 by

    When I graduated from university our Chancellor told me to ‘go change the world’ which she probably also said to the hundreds of other students graduating that day. I took it as sentimentality at the time but now I have found myself in a job where I am trying to do just that. I am...

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  • 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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