Fairer Scotland

  • Renewed commitment to ending homelessness

    15th July 2020 by

    The coronavirus outbreak has had significant implications for people experiencing homelessness, particularly those who were rough sleeping.  We acted quickly to move people off the streets and into a place of safety but our work is not over.  The pandemic has shown us how important it is to have a home that is warm, safe...

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  • Unsuitable Accommodation Order extended

    5th May 2020 by

    Scottish Government Housing Minister Kevin Stewart

    A Programme for Government commitment to ensure everyone experiencing homelessness has access to suitable quality accommodation has been brought forward in response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. The Unsuitable Accommodation Order, which currently prohibits local councils from placing pregnant women or families with children into bed and breakfasts (B&Bs) or hotels for more than seven...

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  • The challenge to end poverty

    7th October 2019 by

    Communities Secretary 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...

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  • Setting out a vision for the future of housing

    25th September 2019 by

    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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  • Housing First – Adam’s story

    17th July 2019 by

    Adam is a bright, articulate and funny 37 year old man who has been homeless on and off for the past seven years. He is great company and has a warm and caring personality. He has, however, been through a very traumatic time that he still finds difficult to talk about. When asked about his...

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  • Guest Blog: Alasdair Bennett, Bethany Christian Trust

    29th March 2019 by

    Bethany Care Shelter fixed venue New raised beds and comfy mattresses!  New fixed 32 week venue!  We are so thankful to be at Diadem, part of Gorgie Dalry Stenhouse Church in Edinburgh.  Our larger single venue also has laundry, showers and new toilet facilities. This is desperately needed with over 70 people a night given...

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  • Fire and smoke alarm standards

    12th February 2019 by

    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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  • Guest blog: Phil Wray, Head of Projects at Glasgow City Mission

    5th February 2019 by

    Working together to tackle rough sleeping Most of us have had the heart-rending experience of walking through a city on a cold winter morning past a figure in a sleeping bag tucked into a doorway. None of us wants a Scotland where this happens. In 2010, Glasgow City Mission established the Glasgow Winter Night Shelter,...

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  • Transforming Scotland’s Homes and Buildings

    6th October 2018 by

    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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  • Learning from others: Kevin Stewart, Housing Minister

    20th July 2018 by

    It is unacceptable that anyone in a country like Scotland should find themselves homeless and I believe everyone needs a safe place they can call home. Everybody found to be homeless in Scotland is entitled to settled housing, yet still too many people struggle to access the accommodation and the services they need. That’s why...

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