Ashleigh Simpson outlines the key findings from Scotland contained in a new report from Crisis looking at the impact of COVID-19 on people facing homelessness and service provision.
Published 19 November 2020
A guide for Scotland’s 32 local authorities has been published today summarising more than 100 recommendations from the Homelessness and Rough Sleeping Action Group (HARSAG) after it was reconvened by the Scottish Government in response to the pandemic.
Published 6 November 2020
Call for change to 'dangerous' new immigration rules targeting people sleeping rough for deportation
New immigration rules targeting people sleeping rough will endanger lives, undermine progress in reducing homelessness and must be reconsidered, a collection of leading homelessness charities have warned in a message being sent to the UK Government.
Published 6 November 2020
New immigration rules from the Home Office outlining that non-UK nationals rough sleeping could face deportation from January 1 next year have been branded as "cruel" and a “huge step backwards” by homelessness charities.
Published 23 October 2020
Catherine Ashford from the UK homelessness charity, Crisis, will be taking part in a panel discussion later today at the annual Scottish homelessness conference, Safe As Houses. A few years ago, Crisis commissioned The FrameWorks Institute to conduct in-depth research to understand attitudes towards homelessness in the UK. Catherine tells us more about the session today and the work carried out in recent years.
Published 22 October 2020
Jon Sparkes: Ending homelessness across Scotland is possible but only by helping those seeking asylum in this country too
Addressing the issue of homelessness amongst migrant groups across Scotland is crucial for ending homelessness across the country, writes Jon Sparkes.
Published 19 October 2020
Night shelters across Scotland will be replaced with rapid rehousing welcome centres for people who would otherwise be sleeping rough this winter, in the Scottish Government's updated plans for tackling homelessness.
Published 9 October 2020
Lack of winter rough sleeping plan is a ‘risk to life’, says medical bodies and homelessness organisations
Leading health and homelessness organisations, including the Royal College of Physicians, Royal College of General Practitioners, Crisis and St Mungo’s, have warned that without urgent Government action to protect people forced to sleep rough this winter, lives will be at risk from the double threat of coronavirus and cold weather.
Published 8 October 2020
Charities have called on ministers to “uphold their promises” to homeless people and continue the structural systems change required to end homelessness "at pace" after new statistics revealed the scale of the housing emergency at the beginning of the coronavirus crisis.
Published 28 August 2020
The number of Scottish households hit by the benefit cap increased by 76% in the first two months of lockdown, according to new statistics released by the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government yesterday.
Published 7 August 2020
The Scottish Government has accepted the full set of recommendations by the Homelessness and Rough Sleeping Action Group (HARSAG) in principle, housing minister Kevin Stewart MSP has announced.
Published 15 July 2020
The UK has seen a 39% increase in deep poverty since 2000, according to a new report published by the Social Metrics Commission.
Published 1 July 2020
Jon Sparkes provides a summary of progress from the latest Homelessness and Rough Sleeping Action Group (HARSAG) meeting last Thursday. Proposals for how to end homelessness in response to the coronavirus pandemic are now currently with the Scottish Government for consideration.
Published 25 June 2020
Tristia Harrison, chief executive of TalkTalk, has been announced as the new chair of trustees for national homelessness charity Crisis.
Published 9 June 2020
As the Scottish Government reconvenes its Homelessness & Rough Sleeping Action Group (HARSAG), its chair Jon Sparkes provides a summary of the first meeting.
Published 8 June 2020