The Social Renewal Advisory Board: Housing, Homelessness and Equality – Jon Sparkes, Chief Executive of Crisis
As we went into lockdown, people experiencing homelessness who were rough sleeping or staying in night shelters were quickly moved to safe emergency accommodation, in a move that has certainly saved lives and demonstrates the determination of the Scottish Government to end homelessness. The creation of the Social Renewal Advisory Board shows that there is also an aspiration to build a more equal and just society as we move forward through and beyond the pandemic.
Homelessness is a result of poverty and inequality. It is certainly solved through the provision of truly affordable housing to the people who need it the most, but a sustainable solution must have tackling poverty and inequality at its heart.
The Social Renewal Advisory Board means we can build proposals that are interconnected with other aspect of poverty and inequality. The Housing System Policy Circle is aiming to do more than tackle homelessness; it is looking to a future where there is a right to an adequate home for everyone, in housing that positively impacts the environment, set in thriving, diverse and just communities. We’ve started well, but the hard work will be building the detail around our high aspirations.
Jon Sparkes, Chief Executive of Crisis