Unexplained variations in the use of benefit sanctions are “unacceptable” and must be addressed, according to a committee of MPs. A new Public Accounts Committee (PAC) report into the use of benefit sanctions has revealed jobcentres and providers use them “inconsistently”, with some Work Pro
A joined up approach used by Glasgow City Mission has resulted in the number of people using its winter night shelter decreasing from last year’s record count. An average of 27 homeless men and women have used the emergency shelter during December and January with a maximum capacity of 40 only bei
The Cyrenians charity has launched a new venture in partnership with the St Martin-in-the-Fields charity designed to bring together workers on the frontline of homelessness in Edinburgh. The St Martin’s Frontline Network will provide a space for mutual support, sharing best practice, and engaging
A new ‘socks lottery’ is to launch in Dundee, giving participants the chance to win a cash prize and support the local homeless population. Launched yesterday, the competition allows people to enter to win £500 by purchasing a pair of socks online, with an additional pair then being sent to a h
Cyrenians chief executive Ewan Aitken, second from right, congratulates Bert Robberechts, Clement Luciani, King Him Fung and Callum Barclay Students from Edinburgh Napier University have showcased their creative skills at a 24 hour event aimed at tackling homelessness in the city.
Councillor George Paul A new £2.3 million centre which provides a first point of call for customers at risk of homelessness has officially opened in Blackburn, West Lothian.
Shelter highlights health warnings as children spend increasing amounts of time in temporary accommodation
The increasing time spent in temporary accommodation by homeless families with children in Scotland is now far too long and risks harming their health and wellbeing, a new report has warned today. Housing and homelessness charity Shelter Scotland said that families with children spent a total of nea
A pioneering scheme in Scotland’s biggest city has helped cut the number of people presenting themselves as homeless. An independent report has concluded that Housing Options in Glasgow has contributed to a 29% fall in homeless applications - from 8299 a year in 2012/2013 to 5929 in 2015/2016. The
Shelter Scotland will be holding its annual homelessness conference on 22nd March 2017 in central Edinburgh, based around the main asks of current Far from Fixed campaign. Chaired by Ewan Aitken, director of Cyrenians, the conference’s agenda is packed with a variety of fantastic speakers and topi
Shelter Scotland’s Homelessness: Far From Fixed campaign reached Glasgow on Friday to galvanise public and political support to fix what the charity calls the “human tragedy of homelessness in Scotland”. The housing and homelessness charity has called Scotland’s current level of homelessness
(from left) Sir Tom Farmer, Mel Young, Ann Budge, Lord Provost – photo credit Phyllis Stephen An Edinburgh-based advocate for the homeless has been recognised by the city’s Lord Provost after earning an award from the United States Sports Academy.
Court of Session A human trafficking victim whose application for accommodation as a homeless person was rejected by a Scottish local authority has had a legal challenge against the decision dismissed.
Dr Barr at Fresh Start The Moderator of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland has issued a fresh challenge to end the “continuing scandal” of homelessness.
The Scottish minister for local government and housing Kevin Stewart MSP has backed calls from Crisis and Glasgow Homelessness Network (GHN) for a new sector led centre to tackle homelessness through evidence-based solutions. The proposed centre will build on Scotland's international reputation for
Councillors due to discuss future plans to reduce the number of homeless people in West Dunbartonshire are to hear of an 18 per cent reduction in homeless presentations in the region in the last three years. A report set to be presented to West Dunbartonshire Council’s housing and communities comm