Fairer Scotland

  • Refugees are welcome in Scotland

    21st June 2019 by

    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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  • A Visit to Glasgow’s Winter Night Shelter

    31st December 2018 by

    I want Scotland to be a place where no-one faces the dangerous prospect of sleeping rough and where everyone has a place they can call home.  Over the last year we have put in place a number of measures – both practical and financial – to make sure we do everything we can to protect...

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  • Strengthening family food support

    5th April 2018 by

    As a Government, we are committed to improving the health of our nation and tackling inequality. One of the key challenges we face in achieving this is how to ensure everyone can have a healthy diet, and in particular how to help families with young children to make sure they get the best start in...

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  • GROWING THE SOCIAL ECONOMY

    18th December 2017 by

    Raising awareness of our European Social Fund projects and the activities they are supporting is important to us. We are making positive progress across both the Social Economy Growth Fund and Social Innovation Fund that will help the most disadvantaged areas and people in Scotland. Working Rite based in Edinburgh received a Social Economy Growth...

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  • 100,000 thank yous! Celebrating our young volunteers

    8th June 2017 by

    Guest blog from Elaine Gibb, Development Manager at Voluntary Action Scotland The past week has been full of inspiring stories about volunteers and the difference they make to communities across Scotland. As we reach the end of Volunteers’ Week 2017, Voluntary Action Scotland and the Third Sector Interface (TSI) Network are delighted to celebrate a...

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  • Our economy depends on diversity

    25th May 2017 by

    This article appeared in The Herald’s Agenda section on Tuesday, 22nd May I’m not sure if the Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and I are ever going to cross paths – but if we do, then I’d like to thank him for the following quote he made in a speech last year at the World...

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  • Polnoon – a model for housing development

    11th May 2017 by

    I appreciate that a blog about a new housing development might not initially seem the most exciting of topics, but after my visit last week to the Polnoon housing development in East Renfrewshire, I hope as you read on you’ll be as enthused as I am about it! As we all know, good-quality, well-planned housing...

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  • Fairer Scotland Action Plan Launched

    12th October 2016 by

    On Wednesday 5 October 2016 Angela Constance, Cabinet Secretary for Communities, Social Security and Equalities launched the Fairer Scotland Action Plan at the Princes Trust in Glasgow. The plan is a clear commitment to the people of Scotland that we are taking long term action to change our society and make it a fairer and...

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  • Work Experience in the Scottish Government

    28th June 2016 by

    A Work Experience Student from James Hamilton Academy, Kilmarnock writes about ‘life as a Civil Servant’ for a week. Why politics at 14? At the age of 14, the Scottish Independence Referendum had a major impact on my outlook on life and my goals. As a strong Yes supporter without a vote I was extremely...

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  • The importance of participative placemaking in a Fairer Scotland

    26th November 2015 by

    Petra Biberbach (Chief Executive, PAS) The late-19th century establishment of the British planning system was a direct response to poor living conditions, social inequalities and public health issues associated with rapid urbanisation. Pioneers like Ebenezer Howard recognised the importance of places which foster wellbeing and are sustainable. By uniting good design with higher building standards,...

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