COVID-19



Homelessness must not be seen in isolation, argues GWSF

New recommendations to be made by the Homelessness and Rough Sleeping Action Group (HARSAG) must avoid looking at homelessness in isolation from the wider housing system, according to the Glasgow and West of Scotland Forum of Housing Associations (GWSF).

Published 18 June 2020

The Margaret Taylor Interview: North Lanarkshire rises to housing challenges

As Scotland’s largest local authority landlord, North Lanarkshire Council has responsibility for 36,500 households, almost a third of which were forced to shield the moment the COVID-19 pandemic hit. Many of the affected tenants already had support systems in place, but as 6,500 did not the council had to step in to ensure its residents have not only remained safe and well during lockdown, but have had access to food and medicines too. For Stephen Llewellyn, head of housing solutions at the local authority, it has been a mammoth task to oversee.

Published 18 June 2020

Linstone Housing offers tenants 'unprecedented' level of support during COVID-19

Linstone Housing has revealed the extent of its support for tenants during the coronavirus health emergency.

Published 18 June 2020

Scottish Government notes increased demand for construction site inspections

Building standards managers have highlighted an increased demand for site inspection work as the sector begins to ease out of lockdown, according to the head of the Scottish Government’s building standards division.

Published 18 June 2020

Councillor Kate Campbell: We’ve worked together to put our most vulnerable first during this crisis – but the biggest challenges are still to come

City of Edinburgh Council’s housing, homelessness and fair work convener, Councillor Kate Campbell, outlines the phenomenal response from organisations working to prevent homeless during the pandemic.

Published 18 June 2020

Government invests £78m to help construction sector return to work

More than £78 million is to be invested into the construction sector as part of a new Return to Work package to help stimulate Scotland’s economy following the coronavirus pandemic.

Published 17 June 2020

North Lanarkshire Council helps people facing rent arrears during COVID-19

Funding put in place by North Lanarkshire Council to assist people facing rent arrears during the coronavirus outbreak has helped more than 1,000 council tenants.

Published 17 June 2020

Scottish Human Rights Commission backs concerns over care homes rights breach

Outbreaks of COVID-19 in care homes have raised “serious human rights concerns” under Article 2 of European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR) and the right to life, the Scottish Human Rights Commission (SHRC) has stated.

Published 17 June 2020

Bield community group continues to spread kindness during coronavirus pandemic

Pensioners in isolation during the coronavirus lockdown have been able to tuck into a weekly nutritional meal generously donated by a local Bield community group.

Published 17 June 2020

Scottish Government extends free school meals provision

Children eligible for free school meals will be among those who continue to be supported over the summer through a package of £27.6 million of additional funding from the Scottish Government.

Published 17 June 2020

Energy funding for South Lanarkshire community groups

South Lanarkshire Council has secured funding from the Renewable Energy Fund (REF) to support community groups in the area. 

Published 17 June 2020

National Business Response Network matches 42 community needs in Scotland with business support

An initiative which matches business offers of support to schools, charities and local community groups in need has made 42 connections in Scotland since the start of the COVID-19 crisis.

Published 17 June 2020

Aberdeen Cyrenians continues growth plans despite COVID-19

Aberdeen Cyrenians has pressed ahead with expansion plans to deliver more crucial services for vulnerable people despite the impact of the coronavirus outbreak.

Published 16 June 2020

CICV Forum animation has wide reach as other organisations adopt its guidance on domestic work

An engaging animation by the Construction Industry Coronavirus Forum (CICV Forum) has proved such a success that it has been adapted and released by other major organisations across the UK and Europe.

Published 16 June 2020

Westminster pressed for more action to strengthen social security system and help renters

Housing minister Kevin Stewart has written to the UK Government calling for the suspension of the benefit cap and the removal of the spare room subsidy as part of urgent action to support housing tenants affected by the coronavirus pandemic.

Published 15 June 2020