Scottish Government

New Scottish benefit system to offer short term assistance payment

People challenging disability benefit decisions will be able to claim a new Short Term Assistance payment under Scotland’s new social security system.

Published 2 November 2020

Highland Council approves Scottish Government proposals for regulation of short-term lets

Members of the Highland Council approved its response to the Scottish Government's consultation on the proposals for short-term lets in Scotland. The council's respo

Published 30 October 2020

Scottish Government crisis grants soar during lockdown

The amount paid out in crisis grants to people in need increased by more than three quarters in the early stages of lockdown, according to the latest Scottish Government figures.

Published 28 October 2020

Child Winter Heating Assistance payments to start

Families of disabled children will receive a new heating benefit from the Scottish Government by Christmas.

Published 27 October 2020

Work starts on council homes at Irvine harbourside

Construction of Irvine harbourside’s multi-million-pound council housing development is set to get underway today.

Published 26 October 2020

Blackwood awarded £430,000 funding to improve lives of vulnerable people

Blackwood Housing and Care has been awarded £430,000 which will enable it to adapt homes and directly improve the lives of people with disabilities across Scotland, enabling them to live as independently as possible.

Published 26 October 2020

Scottish Government announces £30m COVID-19 hardship fund

A £30 million package of funding from the Scottish Government is being made available to local authorities to support people facing financial hardship as a result of coronavirus, including money to provide free school meals over the school holidays.

Published 21 October 2020

Delay fire and smoke alarm deadline by at least a year, says Age Scotland

Age Scotland has called on the Scottish Government to delay the looming deadline for homeowners to install interlinked fire and smoke alarms amid concerns of the lack of public awareness and the short term risk of scams and rogue traders.

Published 20 October 2020

ACHA launches £6m energy efficiency programme for 633 homes

Argyll Community Housing Association (ACHA) has launched a £6 million energy efficiency programme for 633 homes in a funding partnership with Scottish and Southern Energy, the Scottish Government and Argyll and Bute Council.

Published 14 October 2020

Edinburgh opens new winter welcome centre for rough sleepers

A new welcome centre in Edinburgh has opened its doors for the winter season, providing warm food and sleeping facilities, immediate housing advice and wellbeing support to anyone facing rough sleeping.

Published 12 October 2020

Night shelters to be replaced with rapid rehousing welcome centres

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

Age Scotland calls for winter action plan to support Scotland's older people

Age Scotland has recommended that the Scottish Government draw up a new action plan, setting out how they will support older people to live well and safely throughout winter.Scotland’s national charity for older people said that a swift and effective national response would help address the “acute challenges” faced by older people as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Published 5 October 2020

Clackmannanshire residents benefit from isolation reduction programme

Residents in Clackmannanshire have benefited from partnership work from Clackmannanshire Council to ensure isolated people have access to the internet.

Published 5 October 2020

Scottish veterans consortium boosted by £750,000 funding

Unforgotten Voices, a consortium of armed forces and civilian charities working to boost the health and wellbeing of older veterans in Scotland, has received new investment of £750,000 from the Scottish Government.

Published 5 October 2020

Glasgow City Council receives £2.316m funding to address vacant and derelict land

Glasgow City Council has accepted £2.316 million of Scottish Government funding to help address vacant and derelict land in 2020/21 and has approved a plan for delivery.

Published 2 October 2020