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Glasgow Winter Night Shelter 2013-14

For the fourth consecutive winter, Glasgow Winter Night Shelter (GWNS) has offered overnight respite for those sleeping rough across the city. This third sector led initiative, provided by Glasgow City Mission, was delivered from a new base at the Renfield St Stephens Centre at 260 Bath Street. It opened on Sunday 1st December, and the last night of service was Friday 28th February.

ODM Quarterly Report - October-December 2013

Glasgow Homelessness Network (GHN) has facilitated a long-term programme of work to design and implement a new quantitative homelessness monitoring system, with close guidance and advice from experienced academics and third sector homelessness services. Reporting from the GHN Online Data Management (ODM) system is produced on a quarterly basis.

Shelter Scotland calls for Ten Year Homelessness Action Plan

Shelter Scotland has called for the adoption of a new ten year action plan to address homelessness and crisis services in Scotland, built on the principles of:

Poverty Panel

Glasgow has established a Leadership Panel on tackling poverty which will define and implement an overarching poverty strategy for the city 2013–17. Six thematic priorities have been determined: (i) mitigate the impact of Welfare Reform; (ii) reduce child poverty; (iii) Work and Worth (iv) Credit and Debt  (v) challenge negative attitudes about people in poverty and (vi) involve people with direct experience of poverty.

Statutory Homelessness Statistics - July-September 2013

The latest statutory homelessness statistics for July–September 2013 have been published by the Scottish Government. Some key headlines that are of interest:

Affordable Rented Housing: Creating flexibility for landlords and better communities

Following the consultation on creating flexibility for landlords and better communities, the Scottish Government will be moving forward with a new housing bill.  Key elements of this proposed bill include:

Housing (Scotland) Bill

The Housing (Scotland) Bill is currently being considered by the Scottish Parliament.  The Bill proposes to legislation for a number of areas, the key of which are:

Glasgow City Council: Assurance and Improvement Plan

As part of the new regulatory framework a joint risk assessment for local authorities is carried out by relevant regulatory bodies and the resultant report sets out what scrutiny a landlord will be subject to in the coming year.

For 2013–14 the only area of scrutiny for Glasgow City Council (GCC) will be in relation to their homelessness services and the scrutiny will be carried out by the Scottish Housing Regulator (SHR).  The specific area of focus will be the provision of temporary accommodation and the method or timescale for scrutiny will be agreed in due course.

Community Empowerment (Scotland) Bill

Glasghow Homelessness Network (GHN) responded to the Scottish Government consultation on the Community Empowerment (Scotland) Bill which proposes to support communities to achieve their won goals and aspirations through taking independent action and by and by having their voices heard in the decisions that affect their

Welfare Reform Policy Briefing

The Welfare Reform Policy Briefing Paper has been produced to inform services about the changes and amendments to the Welfare Benefits System that may impact on individuals using their services.

The briefing is a live document and will be updated on a quarterly basis to reflect changes and further developments to the Welfare Reform Act, including administration arrangements of benefits.

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