1st December 2020 by Kevin Stewart MSP
The Scottish Government remains committed to ending fuel poverty entirely and implementing our ambitious Fuel Poverty Act. Fuel poverty figures in the 2019 report are likely to have been influenced by an increase in fuel prices between 2018 and 2019, particularly for electricity. Indeed, these statistics have highlighted that cost of electricity per unit remains...
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...
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...
7th October 2019 by Aileen Campbell
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...
1st August 2019 by Shirley-Anne Somerville MSP
The two-child benefit limit implemented by the UK Government should be scrapped. The latest statistics released on the number of people affected by the cap on Child Tax Credits and the Child Element of Universal Credit is sad reading. Behind every number is a family denied and a child that has not received support they...
20th February 2019 by fairer-scotland
In this day and age, it is unacceptable that people in Scotland can’t heat their homes properly or pay for the energy to cook their food. I am proud that as a nation we are tackling this issue. It is a challenging but exciting time because today the Fuel Poverty (Target, Definition and Strategy) (Scotland)...
6th October 2018 by Kevin Stewart MSP
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)...