Church of Scotland



Charities call for emergency increase in child benefit

More than 40 of Scotland’s leading children's charities, faith groups, trade unions, community groups and anti-poverty organisations have joined civic organisations from across the UK to call on the Chancellor to increase child benefit by £10 a week per child to help families through the COVID-19 crisis. 

Published 8 April 2020

Kirk announces EU funding partnership to welcome and support refugees

The Church of Scotland has been awarded £130,000 in EU funding as part of an ambitious project to support refugee integration in Scotland.

Published 16 October 2018

Members of expert group on homelessness revealed as work begins in earnest

A panel of homelessness experts from across Scotland met for the first time on Thursday as work to address the challenges of rough sleeping, and how temporary accommodation can best be utilised, officially got underway.

Published 5 October 2017

SFHA lambasts continued roll-out of ‘catastrophic’ Universal Credit

The continued roll-out of Universal Credit will have “catastrophic consequences” for some of the most vulnerable in society as well as undermine the sustainability of housing associations, the Scottish Federation of Housing Associations (SFHA) has said.

Published 7 September 2017

Build new towns to house refugees, says Church of Scotland minister

A Church of Scotland minister has called for two new towns to be built in the Highlands that will house refugees.

Published 28 August 2017

Homelessness ‘a stain on Scotland's character and consciousness’, says former Church of Scotland moderator

A former moderator of the Church of Scotland has said the scale of homelessness in Scotland continues to be a “stain” on the nation’s character and consciousness.

Published 22 May 2017

Homelessness efforts hampered by ‘lack of political leadership and urgency’, say charities

Homelessness, housing and anti-poverty groups have called for “real and urgent” action to better tackle and prevent the “human tragedy” of homelessness in Scotland

Published 4 April 2017

Church Moderator in fresh plea to end ‘obscene’ homelessness

The Moderator of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland has issued a fresh challenge to end the “continuing scandal” of homelessness.

Published 24 January 2017

Churches attack 'manifestly unfair' UK benefit cap

The Church of Scotland has attacked a new cap on benefits which will limit the amount UK families can receive in benefits to £20,000 from Monday onwards.

Published 4 November 2016

Church of Scotland moderator speaks out on ‘Scotland’s shame’ of homelessness

The moderator of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland described homelessness as ‘Scotland’s shame’ when he addressed the autumn event of Scottish Churches Housing Action in Edinburgh this morning.

Published 7 October 2016

Church of Scotland moderator and housing minister to address homelessness uncertainties

The moderator of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland and minister for local government and housing Kevin Stewart MSP will both address the autumn event of Scottish Churches Housing Action in Edinburgh on Friday 7 October.

Published 9 September 2016

Church leader urges governments to do more to tackle ‘damning indictment’ of homelessness in Scotland

The scale of homelessness in Scotland is a “damning indictment” on modern society and politicians must do much more to tackle the problem, a Church leader has said.

Published 18 May 2016

‘Unacceptable’ new fuel poverty figures spark Budget warm homes call

The Scottish Government’s draft budget must show significant investment in energy efficiency as a National Infrastructure Priority to end the scourge of cold, leaky homes, according to a number of organisations.

Published 15 December 2015

Churches fear welfare reforms will push disadvantaged people further into poverty

The Church of Scotland and the Scottish Episcopal Church have warned that the UK government’s Welfare Reform and Work Bill will fail to get people into work and will instead increase poverty.

Published 5 November 2015

New group to explore ways to reduce reliance on foodbanks

Representatives from poverty organisations and charities will convene today to investigate food poverty and possible solutions to Scotland’s increasing reliance on foodbanks.

Published 19 October 2015