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With emergency legislation being passed in the Scottish Parliament yesterday, Homeless Action Scotland's Policy Manager takes a quick look at what this means for the sector and some of the challenges services might face in the future. The Coronavirus (Scotland) Bill complements and supplements the Coronavirus...

Here is the guidance issued today (20 March) by NHS National Services Scotland in relation to COVID-19 and non healthcare settings, including homelessness services at section 2.7 : https://www.hps.scot.nhs.uk/web-resources-container/covid-19-guidance-for-non-healthcare-settings/ This follows guidance issued by Public Health England on COVID-19 and homelessness earlier this week: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-guidance-on-services-for-people-experiencing-rough-sleeping Clearly this a rapidly...

Homeless Action Scotland have been informed by a number of our members that there are landlords who are putting pressures onto tenants regarding their rents. Tenants are being contacted and advised that they prioritise their rent even if they are off work due to Covid-19...

In 2006, The Scottish Social Attitudes Study found that 45 per cent of respondents agreed with the statement: “Most homeless people could find somewhere to live if they really tried.” Just let that roll around your head for a bit. Half of Scots think that homelessness...

The focus on Sustainable Development Goals in recent years has been pleasing to say the least. In an interconnected world we really do need to concentrate on what is really important. Using GDP as the sole measurement of progress, has largely been debunked and to...

As a representative body working on behalf of those working in or affected by homelessness, part of our remit is to get involved with the Scottish Government's consultation process on issues relating to homelessness or housing. Our expertise supports the Scottish Government, local authorities and...

Homeless Action Scotland CEO Gavin Yates writes in today's The Herald: Recent statistics showing that homelessness in Scotland is still on the rise are another reminder of the extent of the problem that faces those of us committed to ending this stain on Scottish society. Various factors...

Below is a round-up of some of our consultation responses from 2016 to 2018. New responses will be added separately once they have been submitted. 2018 Scottish Welfare Fund  2018 Universal Credit Managed Migration 2018 Funding Supported Housing 2017 Funding Supported Housing 2017 Equal Protection from Assault Bill 2017 Equally Safe  2017...

Our fine colleagues at Community Care Providers Scotland commissioned the University of Strathclyde to research the consequences of the third sector handing back social care contracts. The report Handing Back Contracts: Exploring the rising trend in third sector provider withdrawal from the social care market,...