Fairer Scotland

  • Craig’s Story

    27th June 2019 by

    Hear about how Craig’s  play at The Yard helped build confidence by giving him the encouragement and space to socialise and try new things.  Sharon is mum to Craig, aged 11, who attends the Thursday 10-14’s club at The Yard. Craig has been a member of this club since April 2018 and enjoys coming every...

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  • Historic opportunity to end homelessness in Scotland for good

    27th June 2019 by

    Guest blog from Jon Sparkes, Chief Executive, Crisis Twelve months ago, in June 2018, I was working closely with colleagues from the Scottish Government’s Homelessness and Rough Sleeping Action Group to finalise our report on ending homelessness in Scotland. We had worked intensively from October 2017 to answer 4 questions: How to reduce rough sleeping...

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  • Elena’s story

    20th June 2019 by

    Elena’s story shows how Elena’s mum, Leona was able to access financial support  through the Family Fund to buy a washer dryer and outdoor play equipment. This helped improve the day-to-day quality of life they as a family were able to experience. Elena is two years old, and lives in Dundee with her family. “Elena...

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  • Guest blog: Ann Loughrey, Chair of the Independent Fuel Poverty Advisory Panel

    20th February 2019 by

    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)...

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  • A look back over the year…

    8th January 2019 by

    Last year, the Scottish Government put in place some world-leading actions to break down the barriers that cause poverty and inequality. When I joined the Cabinet last June I was able to build on the significant legacy left by my predecessor Angela Constance. Following the passing of the Child Poverty (Scotland) Act in late 2017,...

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  • Fuel Poverty Bill

    17th December 2018 by

    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 by

    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 by

    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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  • Stage 2 scrutiny of the Planning Bill continues

    19th October 2018 by

    Development management in the spotlight as Stage 2 scrutiny of the Planning Bill continues. The October recess has given us all some time to reflect on the progress of the Planning Bill at stage 2. The Scottish Government has long recognised the value of planning, and so it’s welcome that Parliament is now showing significant...

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  • Working together to create a truly local social security service

    18th October 2018 by

    The important principle of our social security system being based on dignity and respect is enshrined in legislation passed by the Scottish Parliament earlier this year. It’s vital our new public service demonstrates this in all it does. Which is why, from the start, we have built our system with people that have lived experience...

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