17th December 2018 by Kevin Stewart MSP
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...
10th December 2018 by Christina McKelvie
Scottish Government Equalities Minister, Christina McKelvie, shares her highlights from the United Nation's 16 Days of Activism campaign.
20th November 2018 by Kevin Stewart MSP
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...
7th November 2018 by michellekerr
Inclusive Growth is at the heart of the Social Innovation Fund and Social Economy Growth Fund. The Funds increase the capacity of social economy organisations to deliver services that improve the quality of life for our citizens. They also test new products, technologies and models to overcome challenges for our individuals and communities with the...
30th October 2018 by Kevin Stewart MSP
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....
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...
18th October 2018 by Shirley-Anne Somerville MSP
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...
10th October 2018 by fairer-scotland
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...
6th October 2018 by Kevin Stewart MSP
We want everyone in Scotland to have access to good quality, warm and affordable housing. This will help to create a fairer country for everyone, with health and wellbeing improved. However, we know that some people can struggle with paying their fuel bills. Earlier this year, through the Fuel Poverty (Target, Definition and Strategy) (Scotland)...
1st October 2018 by Christina McKelvie
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....