Scottish Government

First Home Fund closes after five days

The First Home Fund, a shared equity pilot scheme launched by the Scottish Government to provide first-time buyers with funding, has closed for applications after just five working days.

Published 9 April 2021

Age Scotland’s election manifesto calls for an Older People’s Commissioner for Scotland

Age Scotland, the national charity for older people, launched its election manifesto which is calling on the next Scottish Government to bring forward policies to help our older population and to establish the role of an Older People’s Commissioner for Scotland to promote and safeguard human rights.

Published 9 April 2021

City of Edinburgh Council launches new app to make repairing shared properties easier

The City of Edinburgh Council and its partner Novoville are proud to announce the release of Novoville Shared Repairs, a new app dedicated to improving the condition of property in co-ownership in Edinburgh, and all of Scotland.

Published 9 April 2021

Proactive telecare expected to reduce emergency calls to Bield

An innovative pilot project is being launched in two Scottish areas that aims to help older people live independent lives and to better engage with groups and services in their communities.

Published 29 March 2021

Concept of 20-minute neighbourhoods should be embedded in government policy, says RTPI Scotland

The Scottish Government should carry out a review of planning policy and practice to ensure that the concept of 20 minute neighbourhoods becomes a golden thread running through the planning system, the Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI) has said.

Published 25 March 2021

Scottish Government announces new £5m plan for social enterprises

A new Social Enterprise Action Plan will offer increased support to the sector, including £5 million of funding, to boost its potential for growth and put the social enterprise model at the heart of Scotland’s recovery from the coronavirus pandemic, the Scottish Government has announced.

Published 25 March 2021

COSLA agrees Real Living Wage pay for social care workers

A commitment to ensure adult social care workers receive at least the Real Living Wage of £9.50 an hour has been agreed between the Scottish Government and COSLA.

Published 25 March 2021

Scottish Land Commission's vacant land taskforce recommendations 'are driving action'

The opening of a new £50 million Scottish Government fund to help transform thousands of hectares of vacant and derelict land across Scotland signals a commitment to tackling the legacy blighting communities, according to the Scottish Land Commission.

Published 24 March 2021

Age Scotland report highlights need to build much more accessible and adaptable homes across Scotland

A new Age Scotland report has outlined the housing needs of older people with a series of recommendations for the Scottish Government and local authorities. 

Published 22 March 2021

Scottish Government establishes £30m third sector growth fund

A new £30 million fund is being established by the Scottish Government to support small businesses within the third sector, helping them to grow as Scotland recovers from the impacts of coronavirus.

Published 22 March 2021

Scottish GP practices to receive £3.17m to fund welfare advice and promote health partnerships

GP practices in some of Scotland's most deprived communities will receive £3.17 million of Scottish Government funding dedicated to welfare rights advisors to address growing mental health concerns caused by money and housing insecurity.

Published 22 March 2021

Scottish Government investment in digital inclusion exceeds £48m

Scottish Government investment in the Connecting Scotland programme, to provide low-income households with digital devices and support, has now been increased to more than £48 million.

Published 22 March 2021

Scottish Enterprise to make £4m available for green jobs

Scottish Enterprise has announced the first of a series of grant funding calls to help support economic recovery and stimulate the creation of new green jobs to advance Scotland’s net-zero emission ambitions.

Published 22 March 2021

Scottish Government announces £40m additional funding for councils

Local authorities in Scotland will receive an additional £40 million to support local communities, public finance minister Ivan McKee has confirmed.

Published 19 March 2021

Scottish Government to invest £20m for Gypsy/Traveller accommodation

Up to £20 million will be invested by the Scottish Government to provide more and better accommodation for Gypsy/Traveller communities.

Published 19 March 2021