Lack of winter rough sleeping plan is a ‘risk to life’, says medical bodies and homelessness organisations

Leading health and homelessness organisations, including the Royal College of Physicians, Royal College of General Practitioners, Crisis and St Mungo’s, have warned that without urgent Government action to protect people forced to sleep rough this winter, lives will be at risk from the double threat of coronavirus and cold weather. 

Published 8 October 2020

Homelessness in Scotland rises by 4% while use of temporary accommodation reaches record high

Charities have called on ministers to “uphold their promises” to homeless people and continue the structural systems change required to end homelessness "at pace" after new statistics revealed the scale of the housing emergency at the beginning of the coronavirus crisis.

Published 28 August 2020

Benefit cap hit 76% more Scottish households over lockdown

The number of Scottish households hit by the benefit cap increased by 76% in the first two months of lockdown, according to new statistics released by the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government yesterday.

Published 7 August 2020

Scottish Government accepts HARSAG recommendations in principle

The Scottish Government has accepted the full set of recommendations by the Homelessness and Rough Sleeping Action Group (HARSAG) in principle, housing minister Kevin Stewart MSP has announced.

Published 15 July 2020

UK sees 39% rise in deep poverty since 2000

The UK has seen a 39% increase in deep poverty since 2000, according to a new report published by the Social Metrics Commission.

Published 1 July 2020

Jon Sparkes: HARSAG – what next?

Jon Sparkes provides a summary of progress from the latest Homelessness and Rough Sleeping Action Group (HARSAG) meeting last Thursday. Proposals for how to end homelessness in response to the coronavirus pandemic are now currently with the Scottish Government for consideration.

Published 25 June 2020

TalkTalk chief executive Tristia Harrison named new trustee chair for Crisis

Tristia Harrison, chief executive of TalkTalk, has been announced as the new chair of trustees for national homelessness charity Crisis.

Published 9 June 2020

Jon Sparkes: Let’s make this the beginning of the end of homelessness in Scotland

As the Scottish Government reconvenes its Homelessness & Rough Sleeping Action Group (HARSAG), its chair Jon Sparkes provides a summary of the first meeting.

Published 8 June 2020

19 charities call for triple-lock to end rough sleeping

Nineteen influential charity sector organisations working to end homelessness will present a joint plan to the Scottish Government today based around three key asks that experts and academics believe could permanently end rough sleeping and destitution in Scotland as the country emerges from the pandemic.

Published 21 May 2020

Everyone Home: Grant Campbell, Director at Crisis in Scotland

This outbreak has shown how crucial it is to tackle homelessness.

Published 21 May 2020

Unsuitable Accommodation Order extended to all people experiencing homelessness

A plan to ensure that everyone experiencing homelessness has access to suitable quality accommodation has been brought forward in response to the coronavirus outbreak, the Scottish Government has confirmed.

Published 6 May 2020

More applications needed to Crisis COVID-19 emergency fund

The GB-wide charity Crisis is urging organisations working in the homelessness sector to apply for funding through its emergency grants fund, launched at the end of March.

Published 6 April 2020

Chris Hancock: Launching the Crisis emergency grants fund

As Crisis officially launches an emergency grants fund for local homelessness charities today, the charity’s head of best practice Chris Hancock explains more.

Published 31 March 2020

Scottish Government announces £350m measures to protect vulnerable

The Scottish Government has announced that an additional £350 million will go to those most affected by the coronavirus pandemic.

Published 19 March 2020

Homelessness charities call on governments to meet urgent need to protect rough sleepers

Leading homelessness charities have written to national and UK governments seeking urgent support for people facing homelessness to be able to protect themselves from COVID-19.

Published 19 March 2020