COVID-19



England: People who are homeless to be prioritised for vaccine

People who are homeless in England are to be prioritised for the coronavirus vaccine after the UK Government accepted advice from the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI).

Published 12 March 2021

Rental sector loan schemes extended beyond March 31

Tenants and private sector landlords facing financial difficulties caused by the pandemic have more time to access support after two loan schemes were extended.

Published 9 March 2021

Minister issues open letter reminding construction sector to follow COVID-19 safety guidance

Housing minister Kevin Stewart has written an open letter to the construction industry to thank them for their hard work, and for complying with the lockdown restrictions.

Published 1 March 2021

New reports showcase housing, homelessness and health best practice during COVID-19

The Place, Home and Housing Portfolio at the Improvement Hub (ihub) has published new reports to guide future improvement work following two investigations on housing, homelessness and health during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Published 10 February 2021

Charity calls for homeless people to be given vaccine priority amid health crisis concerns

A homelessness charity has called on the UK Government to give rough sleepers priority access to Covid-19 vaccines amid new research examining health and homelessness during the pandemic.

Published 26 January 2021

Scottish Government announces support for health and social care staff

Additional funding of £500,000 is being allocated by the Scottish Government to provide practical measures of support for health and social care staff working to tackle the coronavirus pandemic.

Published 25 January 2021

MSPs press housing minister for homelessness and temporary accommodation update

Holyrood's local government and communities committee has pressed the Scottish Government for more information on its continuing support for homeless people during the coronavirus pandemic and to respond to reports that homeless people in temporary accommodation are being made to leave their accommodation during the day.

Published 20 January 2021

Vulnerable young people given more support into employment

Funding of almost £1 million to help more vulnerable young people across Scotland into work has been announced by economy secretary Fiona Hyslop.

Published 18 January 2021

New tradesman announcement 'no material change' for housing service providers

The First Minister's announcement this week that the current guidance regarding only carrying out essential works in homes would become law does not represent any material change for housing service providers, the Scottish Federation of Housing Associations (SFHA) has confirmed.

Published 15 January 2021

Tougher restrictions in place for tradesmen entering private homes

Nicola Sturgeon has tightened the rules on tradesmen and women entering private homes during lockdown but construction sites are permitted to continue with current operating procedures.

Published 14 January 2021

Scottish Government has 'backtracked' on homeless protections

Shelter Scotland has criticised the Scottish Government’s decision to "backtrack on its promise" to homeless people to end the continued use of temporary accommodation during lockdown.

Published 14 January 2021

Wheatley Group steps up its support for homeless people

Wheatley Group has helped almost 1800 homeless people put a roof over their heads throughout the coronavirus crisis.

Published 14 January 2021

FCA to consider allowing consumer credit firms to repossess goods from end of January

The Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) has proposed changing guidance on mortgages and consumer credit repossessions so that consumer credit firms will be able to repossess goods and vehicles from 31 January 2021.

Published 14 January 2021

Social landlords urged to keep Covid procedures under review

Housing minister Kevin Stewart has called on social landlords to remain vigilant in their quest to keep their staff and tenants safe during the ever-changing landscape of coronavirus protection procedures.

Published 12 January 2021

Ministers face calls for January rent refund for students

MSPs have backed calls from student groups for a rent refund from private student accommodation providers and universities for the month of January in light of the end to face-to-face teaching and the public health crisis.

Published 11 January 2021