Call for new ‘game-changer’ policies to meet Scotland’s child poverty targets

Scotland risks unravelling the main reason behind lower levels of poverty without a long-term focus on boosting supply and affordability of housing, a new report has found.

Published 8 October 2019

Proposed benefit changes needed sooner to protect 50,000 children from poverty

The equivalent of a classroom of children will enter poverty in Scotland every day unless benefit changes proposed by the Scottish Government are introduced sooner, a think-tank has warned.

Published 24 May 2019

Homelessness Monitor report officially launched at Edinburgh summit

The third annual report of an independent study of the homelessness impacts of recent economic and policy developments in Scotland was officially launched yesterday.

Published 27 March 2019

Homelessness experts urge cross-government action as homelessness reductions stall

Homelessness experts have called on the UK Government and the Scottish Government to work together following evidence that reductions in homelessness across Scotland have stalled.

Published 25 February 2019

Edinburgh’s Poverty Commission holds inaugural meeting

A commission formed to tackle poverty in Edinburgh met for the first time yesterday to define the long-term responses needed to significantly reduce poverty in the city.

Published 28 November 2018

New reports are ‘another damning indictment’ into Universal Credit roll-out

The UK government has come under increased pressure to immediately halt the roll-out of Universal Credit after new reports revealed that struggling homeowners, working single parents and disabled people will be the hardest hit under the new benefits system unless urgent action is taken in the next budget.

Published 15 October 2018

Expert to lead new Edinburgh Poverty Commission

The City of Edinburgh Council has appointed an independent chair to lead a new commission which will shine a light on and recommend ways to address poverty in the capital.

Published 3 October 2018

A quarter of very low-income households ‘behind on bills or debts repayments’

One quarter of the lowest income households in the UK are struggling with arrears or high debt repayments, with 10% spending more than a quarter of their income on unsecured debt repayments, a report has found.

Published 17 January 2018

‘Damning’ evidence on causes of poverty points to ‘growing class divide’ in housing

A think-tank and advocacy group has called for a “complete overhaul” of the Scottish Government’s approach to housing after “damning” findings revealed that rising housing costs for the poorest Scots since devolution has become a key impediment to reducing poverty.

Published 1 December 2017

Regulation, finance and monitoring critical to success of district heating schemes

Wider regulation, more technical and financial support and better monitoring systems are priority requirements for promoting district heating in the social housing sector, according to a new research report.

Published 4 May 2017

University of Glasgow to lead UK-wide housing research centre

The University of Glasgow is to lead a consortium of nine universities and four non-academic professional bodies in a major new research programme examining the UK’s housing system.

Published 11 April 2017

Blog: Three ways the Scottish Budget can tackle poverty

Budget proposals need to focus on in-work poverty, inclusive growth and higher costs to help solve poverty, says Jim McCormick

Published 20 December 2016

Shelter chief executive Campbell Robb to join Joseph Rowntree Foundation

Campbell Robb is to leave his position as chief executive at Shelter after being appointed as the new chief executive of the Joseph Rowntree Foundation (JRF) and the Joseph Rowntree Housing Trust (JRHT).

Published 7 October 2016

Survey into social landlords’ views and experience of district heating

Researchers on a project jointly managed by the Centre for Sustainable Energy and Changeworks are calling on social landlords to give their views and experiences of district heating.

Published 23 August 2016

Julia Unwin to leave Joseph Rowntree Foundation after 10 years

Julia Unwin CBE, the chief executive of the Joseph Rowntree Foundation (JRF) and the Joseph Rowntree Housing Trust (JRHT), is stepping down from her role at the end of 2016 after leading the organisations for the past 10 years.

Published 20 May 2016