‘I worked for The Scottish Sun as a sub editor for 25 years and before that I was on regional papers in England.’ Just imagine the lies he has had a part in promoting.

In a week when Graham Simpson of the Scottish Tories, brass-necked, as if he cared, asked the Scottish Government about their spending on rapid rehousing of the homeless, we remember how his parent organisation in England has been responsible for an 80% surge in child homelessness:

https://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/homeless-children-temporary-accommodation-conservative-theresa-may-a8928291.html

Meanwhile, we read:

£1.5 million for social landlords to work with families. Low-income families will be protected against homelessness with a £1.5 million fund.The Homelessness Prevention Fund will support housing associations and social landlords to work with their tenants to prevent crisis and stop families from becoming homeless.A commitment of Programme for Government, the money will support families through accessible financial advice to reduce household costs, employment support, and in emergency situations, can also be paid directly to families.

https://news.gov.scot/news/protecting-against-homelessness

This is, of course, only the most recent attempt by the SG to push homelessness off Scotland streets. See:

Child homelessness surges in Tory England to nearly TWICE the level in Scotland

August 21, 2019

In an official report today: Anne Longfield, the Children’s Commissioner for England, has published new research which shines a light on the thousands of children growing up in homeless families. The report, “Bleak houses: Tackling the crisis of family homelessness in…

70% reduction in young people going from a care home to homelessness

August 17, 2019

At Holyrood, yesterday: Alex Cole-Hamilton (Edinburgh Western) (Scottish Liberal Democrats): To ask the Scottish Government what immediate action it is taking in response to reports [Herald] that at least one young person each week goes straight from a care home…

71% of those assessed as unintentionally homeless or threatened with homelessness secured settled accommodation up from 48% in 2002/03.

June 27, 2019

Ludo Thierry writes: Some stats on Homelessnes/Homlessness applications in Scotland were published today. I’ve no quibble with the beeb Scotland article – which seems broadly accurate – but, I would suggest, has missed a few of the more encouraging fine-grain…

Progress on ending homelessness in Scotland

December 4, 2018

The Crisis chief executive and chair of the Homelessness and Rough Sleeping Action Group (HARSAG), says that much progress has been made in the last year or so. Reported in Scottish Housing News, today: ‘Last week’s seminal debate at Holyrood…

As Scotland fights to eliminate homelessness, in England, it soars, hundreds are fined and imprisoned and others are cleansed from the streets of Windsor’s royal wedding streets.

May 21, 2018

In September 2017, I wrote: ‘In Scotland, homeless applications in 2015/2016, were down 4% on the previous year. There was a fall in 22 out of Scotland’s 32 local authorities. It’s thought that the continuing fall in…