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Deprivation levels in Scotland are worsening to the point that nearly one in five people are now classed as being in poverty, according to a new report. In the 2020/21 edition of the Joseph Rowntree Foundation's (JRF) annual report on the nature and scale of poverty across the UK, and how it af

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Last week the Scottish Government announced a £10 million Tenant Hardship Loan Fund, available from November. But, asks Deborah Hay, will it help people under pressure and struggling to pay their rent? There was a lot to welcome in last week’s Scottish Programme for Government 2020/21: a

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Deborah Hay, Scotland policy officer for the Joseph Rowntree Foundation, explains why JRF have joined the Everyone Home Collective. We all need a warm, decent and affordable home: it’s the foundation on which all other areas of our life depend, and it has been such a critical part of the respo

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Lorna Wilson shares initial findings into research from SFHA, JRF, Public Health Scotland, and RIHAF into the social, economic, health, and wellbeing impact of social housing. No one can dispute the importance of good quality affordable housing – but many people may not be aware of the wider i

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A wide-ranging report into UK poverty levels has highlighted the greater availability of affordable social housing in Scotland as a key factor for keeping the country’s poverty rate down. Publishing its state of the nation report on poverty in the UK today, the Joseph Rowntree Foundation (JRF)

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The third annual report of an independent study of the homelessness impacts of recent economic and policy developments in Scotland was officially launched yesterday. Funded by Crisis and the Joseph Rowntree Foundation, the Homelessness Monitor: Scotland 2019 is an account of how homelessness stands

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Homelessness experts have called on the UK Government and the Scottish Government to work together following evidence that reductions in homelessness across Scotland have stalled. A new state-of-the-nation report produced by Heriot-Watt University on behalf of Crisis and the Joseph Rowntree Foundati

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A commission formed to tackle poverty in Edinburgh met for the first time yesterday to define the long-term responses needed to significantly reduce poverty in the city. The City of Edinburgh Council appointed Jim McCormick, associate director for Scotland with the Joseph Rowntree Foundation, as ind

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The UK government has come under increased pressure to immediately halt the roll-out of Universal Credit after new reports revealed that struggling homeowners, working single parents and disabled people will be the hardest hit under the new benefits system unless urgent action is taken in the next b

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