Grant Campbell Grant Campbell has been appointed as the new Skylight director for Crisis in Edinburgh. Grant has been the chief executive of Glasgow City Mission since 2013 and will take up the position in March 2019.
In a week where the Scottish Government prepares to publish its action plan on tackling homelessness, a cross-party group of MSPs has called for the introduction of a seven-day limit for B&B use as temporary accommodation. In a letter to First Minister Nicola Sturgeon, the MSPs suggest changing
MPs have called on the UK Government to urgently reassess its benefit sanctions regime after a new report found that the evidence that the policy is achieving its aims is at best mixed, and at worst showing a policy that appears “arbitrarily punitive”. A Benefit Sanctions report published by the
The National Records of Scotland (NRS) could begin to record the number of homeless deaths across the country after it pledged to conduct a review of its policy and practice. Senior figures working to tackle homelessness last month called on the Scottish Government and NHS Scotland to urgently inves
Homelessness charity Crisis has called for a seven-day limit on the use of temporary accommodation in Scotland after new research revealed the detrimental impact it can have on the lives of homeless people. The charity’s report charts the experience of 74 people living in B&Bs, hotels or unsup
David Orr In the latest in a series of blogs looking back at his time as chief executive of the National Housing Federation, David Orr writes why he thinks some people say housing associations have lost their social purpose (and why it’s simply not true).
New measures which aim to “rebalance” the relationship between landlords and residents are to be considered as part of government proposals on social housing in England. A green paper published today includes plans to speed up the complaints process and publish league tables to highlight the per
Housing and homelessness organisations in England have welcomed commitments in the UK government's new rough sleeping strategy, while calling for bold plans to tackle the causes of homelessness. A joint statement was issued today by members of the strategy's Rough Sleeping Advisory Group: Crisis, Ho
Jon Sparkes Jon Sparkes blogs on the final set of recommendations from the Homelessness & Rough Sleeping Action Group which have been accepted by the Scottish Government.
Scotland is in the spotlight today as nearly 250 people gather at the Albert Halls in Stirling for the Housing First Scotland conference. To be opened by Kevin Stewart MSP, minister for local government and housing, the day will hear how Scotland has now placed Housing First firmly at the heart of a
Shelter Scotland has urged the Scottish Government to act quickly to prevent the recent progress on homelessness being reversed after new “shocking” new figures revealed an annual increase in homelessness applications. Official homelessness and housing options statistics, published in two report
The number of homeless households in hostel accommodation in Scotland has increased by 43% since 2010, a new report has found. The study into local authorities’ use of temporary accommodation revealed that close to a third of homeless households are temporarily housed in either B&B or hostel a
Jon Sparkes Jon Sparkes blogs on the Scottish Government’s approval of the Homelessness and Rough Sleeping Action Group’s temporary accommodation recommendations and charts progress on final report on ending homelessness for good.
Housing minister Kevin Stewart visits Queens Cross Housing Association tenant Brony as the Scottish Government accepts recommendations to transform temporary accommodation for homeless people Recommendations to transform temporary accommodation, including getting the right support in place from day
Moving all homeless people out of unsuitable temporary accommodation after seven days could save Scottish councils £29 million this year alone, according to new research by Crisis. Undertaken by PricewaterhouseCoopers, the research has estimated that £29m in public funds would be saved this year i