20th February 2021 by Aileen Campbell
There is no doubt one of the biggest challenges of living through this pandemic has been losing our ability to meet up with friends and family. We’ve had to find other ways to connect with each other, rather than in person – and being able to do so online has been vital. So...
The First Minister and Minister for Drugs Policy Angela Constance have attended a meeting of the Drug Deaths Taskforce to discuss the group’s priorities to improve outcomes for people whose lives are affected by drugs.
12th January 2021 by Angela Constance MSP
Minister for Drugs Policy Angela Constance said: “Meeting the taskforce for the first time was a key opportunity for me to recognise the hard work that has already been done, and to hear ideas of how we can build on the plans we have. “We are determined to lead a national mission to deliver a step...
19th October 2020 by Aileen Campbell
Having your period is natural and normal. Period products are not a luxury. That’s why the Scottish Government is campaigning to tackle the stigma around menstruation and period products, and why we are investing and taking action to make sure that everyone has access to vital products. Today marks a significant milestone in our journey...
9th October 2020 by fairer-scotland
Covid-19 has exposed faultlines of inequality and injustice that that have long existed in our society and in our homes. The way in which we recover from this public health crisis could either see a rollback of women’s rights or a step towards a world in which women have more equal access to resources, power,...
Social Renewal Advisory Board: Communities, Kindness and Compassion – Fiona Lees, Chief Executive of East Ayrshire Council
8th October 2020 by fairer-scotland
Covid-19 may be a global pandemic, but its impact and our response is found in local communities. In the worst of times we have seen the best of humanity. People have reached out to help one another and communities have felt empowered to do what needed to be done. Kindness and compassion have shone through...
Social Renewal Advisory Board: Building Back Better – Bill Scott , Senior Policy Advisor at Inclusion Scotland and Chair of the Poverty and Inequality Commission
7th October 2020 by fairer-scotland
The Covid 19 pandemic has heightened existing inequalities in Scottish society. Before the pandemic struck almost one in four children lived in poverty , however this rate was considerably higher for some families and groups including lone parents The economic impacts of the pandemic could see more Scots households facing financial insecurity – with many...
Social Renewal Advisory Board: Compassion and Equality – Maureen Sier, Director of Interfaith Scotland
6th October 2020 by fairer-scotland
Four words are carved on the Mace that sits in the heart of the Scottish Parliament. These are words that embody the values of the people of Scotland. They are universal values and are deeply meaningful. ‘Justice’, ‘Wisdom’, ‘Integrity’ and ‘Compassion’ – powerful words, which require powerful action. As Scotland plans its recovery, the economy must...
Communities Secretary Aileen Campbell’s letter to Minister for Immigration Compliance and the Courts Chris Philp
27th September 2020 by Aileen Campbell
Thank you for your letter of 15 September about asylum support cessations. Your decision to restart the move on process for people with positive asylum decisions, who are permitted to work and to access other housing provision, is to be welcomed, as this will enable them to get on with establishing their lives here...
24th September 2020 by Aileen Campbell
Dear James, I am writing to you to provide an update on our investment to support the people of Scotland during the Covid-19 pandemic, backed by an initial £350 million I announced through the Communities funding package on 18 March. As the Committee will be aware, councils, charities and community groups, have...
18th September 2020 by Kevin Stewart MSP
The impact of the coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis has made many of us reflect on the importance and value of the homes we live in and the places where we live, work, shop and socialise. As we come out of this pandemic, instead of just getting back to the way things were before, we have a fresh...