Scottish Government

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A consultation has been launched by the Scottish Government on a new heating benefit that will give around 400,000 low-income households the reassurance of a guaranteed £50 payment every winter. The Low Income Winter Heating Assistance will be introduced from winter 2022 to replace the current

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Households experiencing financial difficulties are being offered greater support from the Scottish Government to help their recovery from the Covid-19 pandemic. The Money Support Scotland website, funded by the Scottish Government, will point users to a range of organisations committed to promoting

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The Scottish Government’s housebuilding strategy is at risk of being derailed by chronic shortages of skills and labour, a senior construction industry expert has warned. Ryan Gilluley, managing director of cost and claim consultants GCM Ltd, said several projects have already been hampered by

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The number of homeless people being housed in B&Bs in West Lothian has more than doubled over the last year. West Lothian, which has the second-highest number of homeless presentations in Scotland, had developed a Rapid Rehousing Transition programme (RRTP) that was starting to ease the numbers

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Planning applications will have to show how they help meet Scotland’s ambitious targets to cut emissions to net-zero by 2045 to get approval under new proposals tabled by the Scottish Government. Applications that create more town centre homes or help reuse vacant and derelict land will be mor

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Seven towns have been chosen to help tackle the impact of climate change and secure a just transition to net zero. The Climate Action Towns programme launched by the Scottish Government will empower communities to come together and engage in collective climate action, taking account of the unique ch

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Proposals to end the need for food banks as a primary response to food insecurity have been published by the Scottish Government.  Views are being sought on the Scottish Government’s draft national plan, which is supported by food bank operators, including the Trussell Trust and Independe

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Pubs, restaurants, woodlands and a church are to be brought into community ownership and use through new funding announced by the Scottish Government. More than £1 million of the Scottish Land Fund is being awarded to eight local community groups to help them take ownership of the land and bui

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The Scottish Government must remove the shackles from a pilot offering homeowners energy-efficiency support if it is to maximise the potential of a national rollout, Propertymark has said. Just 55 eligible homeowners have been helped with loans and installations for energy efficiency measures since

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More than 30 charities and leading academics in Scotland, in partnership with the Scottish Government and local councils, are calling for major funders to step forward ahead of the winter months to fund a step-change in the provision of support for people seeking sanctuary in Scotland. The partnersh

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The Highland Council’s Highland Coastal Communities Fund Strategic Sub-Committee has agreed to provide over £313,000 of grant support to benefit six community-led projects. The new fund is designed to support economic regeneration and sustainable development around coastal areas in Highl

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