Scottish Government

Scottish Government launches national food insecurity plan

Proposals to end the need for food banks as a primary response to food insecurity have been published by the Scottish Government. 

Published 21 October 2021

Companies bidding to win public sector contracts must pay the real living wage

Companies bidding to win Scottish Government contracts will have to pay the real Living Wage.

Published 15 October 2021

Scottish Government announces new funding for community ownership projects

Pubs, restaurants, woodlands and a church are to be brought into community ownership and use through new funding announced by the Scottish Government.

Published 14 October 2021

Propertymark urges Scottish Government to loosen rules on energy-efficiency pilot

The Scottish Government must remove the shackles from a pilot offering homeowners energy-efficiency support if it is to maximise the potential of a national rollout, Propertymark has said.

Published 13 October 2021

Fair Way Scotland criticises 'destitution by design' policy

More than 30 charities and leading academics in Scotland, in partnership with the Scottish Government and local councils, are calling for major funders to step forward ahead of the winter months to fund a step-change in the provision of support for people seeking sanctuary in Scotland.

Published 11 October 2021

Highland Coastal Communities Fund agrees support for strategic projects

The Highland Council’s Highland Coastal Communities Fund Strategic Sub-Committee has agreed to provide over £313,000 of grant support to benefit six community-led projects.

Published 5 October 2021

First Ministers demand Universal Credit cut reversal

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has joined with the First Minister of Wales and the First Minister and deputy First Minister of Northern Ireland to demand Prime Minister Boris Johnson “do the right thing” by reversing the decision to withdraw the £20-a-week uplift to Universal Credit.

Published 4 October 2021

2,000 new jobs for Social Security Scotland and new disability advocacy service launched

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has announced that more than 2,000 jobs will be created with Social Security Scotland over the next 12 months.

Published 30 September 2021

Edinburgh housing leaders welcome grant funding to help tenants at risk

The City of Edinburgh Council housing leaders have welcomed the announcement that nearly £1.5 million will be allocated to the city to help those in social and private tenancies at risk of becoming homeless.

Published 28 September 2021

North Lanarkshire Council announces plan to deliver more affordable homes

Additional projects for more new, affordable homes across North Lanarkshire have been approved and included in the council's next Strategic Housing Investment Plan, which is being submitted to the Scottish Government.

Published 21 September 2021

Scottish Government appoints Dr Fiona Simpson as chief planner

The Scottish Government has appointed Dr Fiona Simpson as its new chief planner.

Published 17 September 2021

Scottish Government announces £320 uplift for families through Scottish Child Benefit

Low income families will benefit from a £320 uplift before Christmas as part of the Scottish Government’s commitment to tackling child poverty.

Published 16 September 2021

New Just Transition Commission to be established by Scottish Government

A new Just Transition Commission is to be established to help ensure Scotland’s journey to net zero is fair for everyone.

Published 15 September 2021

Child Disability Payment opens nationally from November

Scotland’s Child Disability Payment will open for new applications across the country from 22 November 2021.

Published 10 September 2021

Scottish Government announces £1.5m funding for rural community groups

Not-for-profit community groups in rural areas will soon be able to apply for Scottish Government funding of up to £50,000 to trial new and innovative ways to address local challenges and benefit from local opportunities.

Published 9 September 2021