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The twin stresses of the Covid-19 pandemic and the significant turbulence in the UK energy market must be tackled to address fuel poverty according to a letter issued by the Scottish Parliament’s Social Justice and Social Security Committee.
A £3 million support fund has been launched to help Scots struggling with their energy bills amid a growing cost-of-living crisis. The Scottish Government scheme, which is administered by national advice service Advice Direct Scotland, is designed to prevent households falling into fuel povert
Duncan Smith of the Passivhaus Trust and the Association for Environment Conscious Building introduces a series of articles for Scottish Housing News that will focus on the importance of retrofitting and new build housing to ensure we end fuel poverty and mitigate the worst effects of climate c
Zero carbon buildings minister Patrick Harvie has highlighted help for householders across Scotland to make their homes more energy efficient in 2022, to help tackle climate change and combat the impact of rising energy prices. Increased funding is available this year through a variety of home energ
Around 640,000 people in Scotland – about one in seven - find their energy bills unaffordable as a result of low incomes, new analysis from Citizens Advice Scotland (CAS) has found. Polling for CAS by YouGov reveals 36% of adults in Scotland find their energy bills unaffordable. Of these peopl
Housing Options Scotland has joined Everyone Home, bringing the number of organisations in the collective to 37. In 2022 Housing Options Scotland is celebrating 25 years of providing housing information, support and advice across Scotland.
Peers in the House of Lords have voted in favour of an amendment to the Police, Crime, Courts and Sentencing Bill to scrap the Vagrancy Act across England and Wales. Already repealed in Scotland, the 1824 legislation is still continually used to criminalise people for rough sleeping or beg
A new community cafe will open next week inside Barrowfield Community Centre in Glasgow which is run by the Willowcare Trust, part of West of Scotland Housing Association.
New figures obtained by The Salvation Army have revealed a drop in the number of people experiencing homelessness in South Ayrshire. The figures, which were obtained through a Freedom of Information Act request, indicate that in 2018/2019 there were 1008 residents in temporary accommodation in South
Hillcrest Futures has secured a donation of £200 from housing management software provider Aareon to provide clothing for homeless people across Edinburgh.
All short-term let properties will require a licence to ensure they are safe and the people providing them are suitable, under legislation approved by the Scottish Parliament. Local authorities will be required to establish a short-term lets licensing scheme by 1 October 2022, and existing hosts and
A Holyrood committee has backed plans to introduce a licensing scheme for short-term let properties in Scotland.
New proposals have been submitted to transform Dalian House in Glasgow into 92 flats for private rent instead of the apartments for sale previously approved for the property. Permission was previously given to Mosaic Architecture + Design on behalf of Calmont Group for
Scottish Government ministers risk deepening Scotland’s affordable housing problems by unfairly demonising landlords, according to a survey by a rental sector estate agency.
An Aberdeen property management firm has secured heritage funding to support residents of a city centre tenement who were facing a £330,000 bill for major roof works.
The Payment Systems Regulator (PSR) has imposed fines against Mastercard, allpay, Advanced Payment Solutions, Prepaid Financial Services and Sulion after concluding that the five parties infringed competition law by agreeing not to compete or poach each other’s customers in the prepaid cards m
The introduction of Adult Disability Payment and extension of Scottish Child Payment to children under 16 will see a major increase in the number of people eligible to receive Sottish benefits in 2022. The Scottish Child Payment will increase to £20 from April, giving increased support to 111,
Projects that support low-income households will benefit from a funding boost through the Scottish Government’s Winter Support Fund.
Wheatley Group has launched a new campaign to help customers claim all the welfare benefits and tax credits they’re entitled to as new figures revealed it helped tenants claw back over £11 million in unclaimed benefits in the past year. The new benefits take-up campaign will in
New financial assistance from the Scottish Government to access food, fuel and other essentials will be available to Moray residents from 5 January to 31 March 2022, as a one-off payment.