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Drugs policy minister Angela Constance has appointed former Chief Nursing Officer (CNO) Professor Fiona McQueen as vice-chair of the Drug Deaths Taskforce. Professor McQueen has experience across a range of clinical areas and is a former Executive Nurse Director at NHS Lanarkshire and NHS Ayrshire &

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The Scottish Housing Regulator (SHR) has appointed Helen Shaw as director of regulation. Ms Shaw is currently an assistant director with the Regulator and will take over the role of director from Ian Brennan who announced in November that he is leaving the Regulator.

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Daniel Thompson is to replace Stacy Angus at Osprey Housing Group’s new director of housing following her appointment as the north east social landlord’s chief executive. Daniel joins Osprey — which currently owns and manages more than 1,800 properties across Aberdeenshire, Aberdee

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Housebuilder Persimmon has appointed Jason Windsor as its new chief financial officer as the firm noted a return to near pre-pandemic levels. Mr Windsor is expected to join in the summer and will become an executive director on the board at that time. He will succeed Mike Killoran, who announced in

Fuel Poverty

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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

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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

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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

Homelessness

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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

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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

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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 

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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,

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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

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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.