Kevin Stewart MSP

Kevin Stewart MSP

Written 35 posts

Minister for Mental Wellbeing and Social Care (Previously: Minister for Local Government, Housing and Planning)

Ending homelessness together and protecting vulnerable people

13th March 2020

Earlier this week I was joined by Public Health Minister Joe FitzPatrick at a meeting of the Homelessness Prevention and Strategy Group, which is tasked with taking forward the Scottish Government’s Ending Homelessness Together Action Plan. Our main focus at the meeting was Covid-19 and how it will impact those who are experiencing, or at…

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Putting people and places at the heart of future planning

23rd May 2019

Scotland needs a planning system that will help to deliver inclusive and sustainable economic growth. While there appears to be consensus that the Planning Bill is a great opportunity to improve the current system, the debate has brought to light many different, and often conflicting, views on how planning can and should work in the…

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Scotland’s Planning Bill

20th March 2019

Politicians must work together to avoid damage to Scotland’s economy The Financial Memorandum for the Planning Bill has been published.  This sets out the estimates of the financial implications of the legislation as it stands for the Scottish Government, local government, developers and communities. When the Bill was first introduced to Parliament, I was confident…

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Fire and smoke alarm standards

12th February 2019

Back in June 2017, following the tragic events at Grenfell Tower, we took immediate steps to establish a Ministerial Working Group (MWG) on Building and Fire Safety. The Group was established to offer public reassurance and ensure all lessons learned from Grenfell were applied here in Scotland, and to help ensure people are safe in…

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Breaking down barriers to end homelessness – by Kevin Stewart MSP

1st February 2019

Everyone should have a secure warm place to call home – it’s one of the most important factors in any person’s quality of life. Our Ending Homelessness Together Action Plan sets the direction for real and lasting change. As part of this, we have just launched a consultation on the current local connection and intentionality…

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Fuel Poverty Bill

17th December 2018

We want everyone to live in homes that are warm and energy efficient. But there are still far too many households living in cold, damp houses that they can’t afford to heat. That is why we have introduced our world leading Fuel Poverty (Target, Definition and Strategy) (Scotland) Bill.  This legislation is dedicated to tackling…

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Scottish Housing Regulator Board

20th November 2018

The Scottish Housing Regulator (SHR) plays a vital role when it comes to protecting the interests of people who use social housing services, whether this is people who are at risk of becoming homeless or members of the Gypsy/Traveller community. I am seeking to appoint two new members to complement the existing Board. I would…

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Collaboration over conflict – the only way for a modern Scottish planning system

30th October 2018

As stage 2 of the Planning Bill continues, the Local Government and Communities Committee will soon be looking at rights of appeal in planning.  This is about whether any person should have a right to have the decision reviewed, in the same way that the applicant can. This might sound simple, but it is not….

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Transforming Scotland’s Homes and Buildings

6th October 2018

We want everyone in Scotland to have access to good quality, warm and affordable housing. This will help to create a fairer country for everyone, with health and wellbeing improved. However, we know that some people can struggle with paying their fuel bills. Earlier this year, through the Fuel Poverty (Target, Definition and Strategy) (Scotland)…

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Homelessness Prevention and Strategy Group

12th September 2018

Last week, the First Minister reiterated our commitment  to prevent, tackle and end homelessness with the publication of the Programme for Government. Yesterday I chaired a meeting of the Homelessness Prevention and Strategy Group, which is now tasked with taking forward the 70 recommendations made by the Homelessness and Rough Sleeping Action Group. Myself and…

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