Aileen Campbell

Written 13 posts

Cabinet Secretary for Communities and Local Government

There is room for everyone in Scotland

5th January 2020

Throughout last year, I had the pleasure of meeting many of Scotland’s faith communities and have enjoyed learning more about their traditions and hearing about their experiences. There exists a remarkably strong working relationship between the faith communities in Scotland and this is invaluable. As I look back on last year, there have been so…

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

16th October 2019

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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Hate crime has no place in Scotland

15th October 2019

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

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

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

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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Refugees are welcome in Scotland

21st June 2019

Scotland has a long history of welcoming people of all nationalities and faiths, including those seeking refuge and asylum from war and persecution elsewhere. Over successive generations, refugees have helped make Scotland the strong, successful and diverse country it is today. As Communities Secretary, I have heard from people from across Scotland who have come…

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Good progress made on Funeral Costs Plan

8th February 2019

Coping with the death of a loved one is undoubtedly one of the most stressful things we will ever have to deal with.  That’s even more difficult if you are also worrying about how to pay for the funeral. Most of us will arrange a funeral no more than a handful of times.  So it…

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A look back over the year…

8th January 2019

Last year, the Scottish Government put in place some world-leading actions to break down the barriers that cause poverty and inequality. When I joined the Cabinet last June I was able to build on the significant legacy left by my predecessor Angela Constance. Following the passing of the Child Poverty (Scotland) Act in late 2017,…

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Access to Free Sanitary Products

4th January 2019

I’m proud to be part of a Government that has ensured students at schools, colleges and universities have access to free sanitary products. The Scottish government was the first in the world to make products available to students as part of a £5.2m scheme to tackle period poverty. Nobody should suffer the indignity of struggling…

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