Fairer Scotland

  • Greener homes and communities

    16th December 2020 by

    Housing policy has a vital role to play in achieving many of Scotland’s aspirations, including tackling child poverty and ending homelessness, eradicating fuel poverty and tackling We want to combine the action we need to meet the challenge of the climate emergency with our ambition to provide affordable, warm homes. By the end of 2021,...

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  • Responding to the Scottish House Condition Survey 2019

    1st December 2020 by

    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...

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  • Violence Against Women and Girls and Learning Disabilities Virtual Event – speech by Equalities Minister Christina McKelive

    30th November 2020 by

    Thank you very much for having me, and thank you Michelle and Roxanne for speaking so bravely about your own experiences. Listening to the voices of survivors is crucial to us as we develop policy; and it is only by listening to these experiences that we can implement policies that effectively meet the needs of...

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  • Building a planning system for the future

    26th November 2020 by

    There is an especially busy and exciting period ahead for Scotland’s planning system. We are living through a global health and economic emergency. This has been an enormous challenge for us all but amid the darkness and disruption of Covid-19, we have been reminded about what matters most: the people around us, the places we...

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  • Protecting and promoting human rights

    26th November 2020 by

    Scotland is a modern, inclusive nation which is committed to protect, respect and realise internationally recognised human rights and equality. This is at the heart of everything we are doing in the National Taskforce for Human Rights Leadership. We have been talking to a wide variety of stakeholders from grassroots organisations and community projects to...

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  • Designing a benefit service with those who will use it

    23rd October 2020 by

    This week we will be sharing details of what our new disability benefits will look and feel like for those who interact with our new benefit system. In a series of policy position papers we will set out the journey from application right through to the appeal process. Something that permeates through all our plans...

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  • Period Products in Schools Regulations coming in to force

    19th October 2020 by

    Having your period is natural and normal. Period products are not a luxury. That’s why the Scottish Government is campaigning to tackle the stigma around menstruation and period products, and why we are investing and taking action to make sure that everyone has access to vital products. Today marks a significant milestone in our journey...

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  • World Food Day: Growing, nourishing and sustaining together

    16th October 2020 by

    The theme of this year’s World Food Day is to grow, nourish and sustain together. The coronavirus pandemic has placed huge strain on people and communities all over the world. But it has also accelerated action at a local and national level to tackle food insecurity here in Scotland. Lindsay Graham is a member of...

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  • Responding to the mental health challenge of COVID-19: Mental Health Minister Clare Haughey

    9th October 2020 by

    Today is World Mental Health Day, and this year’s theme is ‘mental health for all’. I doubt there is a single one of us who hasn’t thought about our own mental wellbeing, or worried about others, at some point during 2020. We have all been through a lot, and the introduction of temporary measures now...

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  • Updated plan to tackle homelessness

    9th October 2020 by

    The shared vision to end homelessness and rough sleeping has not changed during the pandemic but our determination has increased. Fundamentally we want everyone to have a warm safe home to live in and so for anyone affected by homelessness we want them to have access to the housing and support they need. The emergency...

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