Fairer Scotland

  • Normalising Care home visiting

    6th August 2021 by

    The pandemic has been difficult for all of us but for residents of care homes, their family members and friends, and for the staff who look after them, it has been particularly challenging. I want to thank care sector staff for the immense contribution they have made. I also understand the distress that has been...

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  • Improving fire safety in the home

    24th March 2021 by

    The Scottish Government is working to improve fire safety for all, and one death from a house fire is one too many. Scotland already has rigorous standards for fire alarms that have developed over time. Currently the highest safety standards are applied to new-build and private rented housing. We want that safety and protection to...

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  • New Drugs Minister calls for ‘national mission’ to tackle problem

    22nd December 2020 by

    Scotland’s new Minister for Drugs Policy Angela Constance has said that people with lived experience must be at the heart of a new “national mission” in tackling drug deaths. Speaking after the Scottish Parliament approved her appointment to the new role, in which she will report directly to the First Minister, Ms Constance said: “The...

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  • Social Renewal Advisory Board: Compassion and Equality – Maureen Sier, Director of Interfaith Scotland

    6th October 2020 by

    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...

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  • Are you eligible for more support?

    29th July 2020 by

    Opinion piece by Cabinet Secretary for Social Security, Shirley-Anne Somerville. From this week, thousands of families across Scotland will start to get letters telling them they are entitled to new Scottish benefits. This is a first in Scotland and shows that when it comes to social security – we’re doing things differently. We’re taking information...

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  • Children and young people able to play sport again

    28th June 2020 by

                    Children aren’t renowned for taking a keen interest in politics but I’m sure that many of them (and their parents) will have rejoiced at the news emerging from Holyrood this week, when the First Minister announced a date for the resumption of organised sport.   Those children...

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  • World Refugee Day

    20th June 2020 by

    For twenty years, thousands of people from across Scotland have come together to show solidarity with refugees by celebrating the Refugee Festival Scotland and marking World Refugee Day. While we cannot physically gather together this year, it is as important as ever to show our support for people who have had to leave their homes...

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  • Putting tackling homelessness at the heart of our COVID-19 recovery

    4th June 2020 by

    We want to ensure that everyone has a warm, safe home that meets their needs. Our focus has not changed during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic but our ambition has increased. When I last co-chaired the Scottish Government’s Homelessness Prevention and Strategy Group (HPSG) in early March, I could not have envisaged all that would be...

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  • Ending homelessness together and protecting vulnerable people

    13th March 2020 by

    Earlier this week I was joined by Public Health Minister Joe FitzPatrick at a meeting of the Homelessness Prevention and Strategy Group, which is tasked with taking forward the Scottish Government’s Ending Homelessness Together Action Plan. Our main focus at the meeting was Covid-19 and how it will impact those who are experiencing, or at...

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  • No one in Scotland should have to rely on charitable food donations

    16th October 2019 by

    Today is World Food Day and an important opportunity to reflect. No one in Scotland should be left hungry and have to rely on charitable food donations. The theme that the UN have set for this year’s World Food Day is healthy diets for a zero hunger world. This speaks to many aspects of what...

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