Fairer Scotland

  • Delivering social security to Scotland’s people

    19th September 2017 by

    Last week we marked the 20th anniversary of the devolution referendum. In that 1997 referendum vote the majority of people in Scotland made it clear that they wanted decisions that affected them to be made closer to home to meet the needs of our communities and all those who choose to live and work in our...

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  • Housing (Amendment) (Scotland) Bill introduced to Parliament

    5th September 2017 by

    Legislation will support the delivery of 50,000 new affordable homes I’m delighted that legislation to support the delivery of 50,000 new affordable homes and protect the Scottish Government’s budget has been introduced to the Scottish Parliament. The Housing (Amendment) (Scotland) Bill responds to last year’s decision by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) that Registered...

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  • Social Innovation for Hidden Disabilities

    15th August 2017 by

    Many thanks Glyn Morris from Friendly Access who has provided our first guest blog: I have always said “we all know that whilst an impairment cannot necessarily be changed, the​ ​environment often can, making the environment the disabling factor”. It’s for this reason Friendly Access was established to holistically address and improve accessibility across Scotland, regardless...

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  • Poverty & Social Inclusion Update

    6th July 2017 by

    Only 3 weeks remaining to submit Social Innovation Fund Stage 1 and 2 applications. The electronic application submissions must be received by 5pm on Friday 21 July to ApplicationsGrowingtheSocialEconomy@gov.scot. Tips Keep the project title brief and meaningful. Read the application guidance to understand the fund criteria and cost model requirements. Insert match funding that you...

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  • 100,000 thank yous! Celebrating our young volunteers

    8th June 2017 by

    Guest blog from Elaine Gibb, Development Manager at Voluntary Action Scotland The past week has been full of inspiring stories about volunteers and the difference they make to communities across Scotland. As we reach the end of Volunteers’ Week 2017, Voluntary Action Scotland and the Third Sector Interface (TSI) Network are delighted to celebrate a...

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  • Elevating women in leadership is not only the right thing to do – it’s the smart thing to do

    2nd June 2017 by

    Originally published in the Scotland on Sunday- 28th May 2017 Why is it important that there are women and more women in positions of leadership across the public and private sectors in Scotland? Hillary Clinton famously summed up the first reason when she said: “human rights are women’s rights and women’s rights are human rights,”...

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  • Our economy depends on diversity

    25th May 2017 by

    This article appeared in The Herald’s Agenda section on Tuesday, 22nd May I’m not sure if the Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and I are ever going to cross paths – but if we do, then I’d like to thank him for the following quote he made in a speech last year at the World...

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  • European Social Fund Tackling Poverty & Social Exclusion

    23rd May 2017 by

    European Social Fund Tackling Poverty & Social Exclusion. Round 2 announcement including dates and contact details.

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  • International Day against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia

    17th May 2017 by

    Angela Constance blogs on International Day against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia.

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  • Polnoon – a model for housing development

    11th May 2017 by

    I appreciate that a blog about a new housing development might not initially seem the most exciting of topics, but after my visit last week to the Polnoon housing development in East Renfrewshire, I hope as you read on you’ll be as enthused as I am about it! As we all know, good-quality, well-planned housing...

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