Crisis appoints new Skylight director in Scotland

Grant Campbell has been appointed as the new Skylight director for Crisis in Edinburgh. Grant has been the chief executive of Glasgow City Mission since 2013 and will take up the position in March 2019.

Published 28 November 2018

MSPs urge government to put seven-day limit on homeless B&B use

In a week where the Scottish Government prepares to publish its action plan on tackling homelessness, a cross-party group of MSPs has called for the introduction of a seven-day limit for B&B use as temporary accommodation.

Published 26 November 2018

Benefit sanction regime ‘harmful and counterproductive’, say MPs

MPs have called on the UK Government to urgently reassess its benefit sanctions regime after a new report found that the evidence that the policy is achieving its aims is at best mixed, and at worst showing a policy that appears “arbitrarily punitive”.

Published 6 November 2018

Moves to record homeless deaths a step closer with NRS promise

The National Records of Scotland (NRS) could begin to record the number of homeless deaths across the country after it pledged to conduct a review of its policy and practice.

Published 1 November 2018

Impact of living in temporary accommodation laid bare in new report

Homelessness charity Crisis has called for a seven-day limit on the use of temporary accommodation in Scotland after new research revealed the detrimental impact it can have on the lives of homeless people.

Published 22 October 2018

Blog: Reflections: why housing associations have never lost our social purpose – and never will

In the latest in a series of blogs looking back at his time as chief executive of the National Housing Federation, David Orr writes why he thinks some people say housing associations have lost their social purpose (and why it’s simply not true).

Published 27 September 2018

England: Social housing green paper promises ‘new deal’ for social housing tenants

New measures which aim to “rebalance” the relationship between landlords and residents are to be considered as part of government proposals on social housing in England.

Published 14 August 2018

England: Housing organisations call for 'bold plans' to tackle cause of homelessness

Housing and homelessness organisations in England have welcomed commitments in the UK government's new rough sleeping strategy, while calling for bold plans to tackle the causes of homelessness.

Published 13 August 2018

Blog: Final Action Group recommendations accepted by Scottish Government

Jon Sparkes blogs on the final set of recommendations from the Homelessness & Rough Sleeping Action Group which have been accepted by the Scottish Government.

Published 28 June 2018

Go Big and Go Home: Conference to hear of Scotland’s Housing First expansion

Scotland is in the spotlight today as nearly 250 people gather at the Albert Halls in Stirling for the Housing First Scotland conference.

Published 26 June 2018

Homelessness ‘getting worse’ as children in temporary accommodation figures rise again

Shelter Scotland has urged the Scottish Government to act quickly to prevent the recent progress on homelessness being reversed after new “shocking” new figures revealed an annual increase in homelessness applications.

Published 19 June 2018

Number of homeless people in hostels ‘up by 43%’

The number of homeless households in hostel accommodation in Scotland has increased by 43% since 2010, a new report has found.

Published 4 June 2018

Blog: Temporary means temporary - transforming the use of temporary accommodation

Jon Sparkes blogs on the Scottish Government’s approval of the Homelessness and Rough Sleeping Action Group’s temporary accommodation recommendations and charts progress on final report on ending homelessness for good.

Published 30 May 2018

Scottish Government accepts recommendations on temporary accommodation standards

Recommendations to transform temporary accommodation, including getting the right support in place from day one and giving more power to front-line workers, have been accepted by the Scottish Government.

Published 30 May 2018

Limiting use of temporary accommodation to one week ‘could save £29m’

Moving all homeless people out of unsuitable temporary accommodation after seven days could save Scottish councils £29 million this year alone, according to new research by Crisis.

Published 2 May 2018