Fairer Scotland

  • 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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  • World Homeless Day – Jon Sparkes

    10th October 2018 by

    A guest blog from Jon Sparkes, CEO of Crisis. Ending Homelessness Together The Homelessness & Rough Sleeping Action Group completed its work in June 2018 after nine months of intense activity to answer four key questions: What could be done to reduce the number of people rough sleeping in the winter of 2017/18 How can...

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  • United Nation International Day of Older Persons

    1st October 2018 by

    Today is the United Nation’s International Day of Older Persons.  Across the world, the population is changing.  The United Nations’ own figures show that almost 700 million people are now over the age of 60.  By 2050, two billion people – over 20 per cent of the world’s population – will be 60 or older....

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  • Poverty and Inequality Commission

    27th September 2018 by

    We recently advertised the role of Chair of the new statutory Poverty and Inequality Commission, and will be accepting applications until midnight on 5th October 2018. This is a fantastic opportunity to help shape the future policy landscape in Scotland and to influence key decisions to build a fairer and more inclusive society. This appointment...

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  • Homelessness Prevention and Strategy Group

    12th September 2018 by

    Last week, the First Minister reiterated our commitment  to prevent, tackle and end homelessness with the publication of the Programme for Government. Yesterday I chaired a meeting of the Homelessness Prevention and Strategy Group, which is now tasked with taking forward the 70 recommendations made by the Homelessness and Rough Sleeping Action Group. Myself and...

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  • Improving planning

    12th September 2018 by

    We can, and must, work together to improve planning in Scotland. Planning is sometimes characterised as a dry, technical pursuit with planners debating complex regulations and policy intentions in their own mysterious language and jargon. Yet nothing could be further from the truth.  People and planners really care about their places and every day, for...

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  • Cabinet Secretary for Social Security and Older People – Shirley-Anne Somerville

    27th July 2018 by

    I was recently given the huge privilege of being appointed to Cabinet, to serve as the Scottish Government’s first Cabinet Secretary for Social Security and Older People. I am proud to be building on the work of my predecessor Jeane Freeman, moving from the passage of the historic Social Security (Scotland) Act on to the...

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  • Cabinet Secretary for Communities and Local Government – Aileen Campbell

    26th July 2018 by

    Being asked to be part of the Scottish Government to serve as the Cabinet Secretary for Communities and Local Government is an enormous privilege – that’s because in this role there is the opportunity to help build the fairer and more equal Scotland that I know so many of us seek. And in doing so,...

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  • Changes in the Private Rented Sector – May 2018

    23rd May 2018 by

    It’s just over six months since the Scottish Government introduced the new Private Residential Tenancy and it’s important that everyone renting privately, or thinking about it, knows about these changes and their new rights. Since 1 December 2017, all new tenancies in the Private Rented Sector have been private residential tenancies (existing short assured tenancies...

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  • Ending Racial Discrimination

    21st March 2018 by

    Today marks the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights this year and the Declaration is as relevant today as it was the day it was signed – it establishes the equal dignity and worth of every person and that human rights are universal. Everybody should be able to live their lives in...

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