Social housing investment 'reduces poverty, improves health and drives economic growth'

Investment in the social housing sector generates economic and social benefits for Scotland and its people, including reducing poverty and homelessness, improving health, and creating jobs, a new report has found.

Published 9 September 2020

Deborah Hay: Tenants’ Hardship Loan Funds - an effective anchor?

Last week the Scottish Government announced a £10 million Tenant Hardship Loan Fund, available from November. But, asks Deborah Hay, will it help people under pressure and struggling to pay their rent?

Published 9 September 2020

Deborah Hay: JRF joins the Everyone Home Collective

Deborah Hay, Scotland policy officer for the Joseph Rowntree Foundation, explains why JRF have joined the Everyone Home Collective.

Published 6 August 2020

JRF: Housing lifeline required to ease financial strain on households

The Joseph Rowntree Foundation (JRF) has called on the Scottish Government to act quickly to avoid a potential autumn spike in evictions as financial strains take hold on households across the country.

Published 17 July 2020

Lorna Wilson: Social housing’s impact goes far beyond delivering housing

Lorna Wilson shares initial findings into research from SFHA, JRF, Public Health Scotland, and RIHAF into the social, economic, health, and wellbeing impact of social housing.

Published 30 June 2020

JRF: Affordable housing a key driver for lower poverty rate in Scotland

A wide-ranging report into UK poverty levels has highlighted the greater availability of affordable social housing in Scotland as a key factor for keeping the country’s poverty rate down.

Published 7 February 2020

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