Helping older people to live independently

Strategy will address isolation, loneliness and improve access to housing.

Older people are being helped to understand how their housing choices will impact on their lives as they age.

A refreshed joint strategy between the Scottish Government and COSLA, which champions independent living for older people within their community, has been launched.

Announcing ‘Age, Home and Community’ at a meeting in Edinburgh with members from Age Scotland network groups, Housing Minister Kevin Stewart said:

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Thu, 30/08/2018 - 11:00

COSLA comment on summary report on the Homelessness and Rough Sleeping Action Group's 2017-18 Winter Initiative

Councillor Elena Whitham, COSLA Community Wellbeing Spokesperson said:

"I would like to add my thanks to the individuals and organisations who provided so much practical support to those rough sleeping last winter. Work continues at pace, to eradicate rough sleeping and minimise homelessness across Scotland.

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Thu, 16/08/2018 - 14:03

COSLA comment on temporary homeless accommodation

Councillor Elena Whitham, COSLA’s Community Wellbeing Spokesperson said:

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Wed, 15/08/2018 - 17:00

More support for young people at risk of crime

Funding for whole system approach.

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Wed, 15/08/2018 - 09:30

COSLA comment on Serco

Councillor Elena Whitham, COSLA Community Wellbeing Spokesperson said:

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Thu, 02/08/2018 - 17:00

COSLA comment on housing development and sustainable travel

A COSLA Spokesperson said: "We recognise that building more homes is vital to communities. Developing active travel also is a priority for councils.
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Fri, 27/07/2018 - 17:00

Homelessness and Rough Sleeping Recommendations COSLA/ALACHO Comment

Councillor Elena Whitham, COSLA Community Wellbeing Spokesperson said:

"The funding commitment set out today by the Minister is welcome - rapid rehousing transition plans and housing first are both critical to get right. COSLA will work with Scottish Government to understand the detail of the funding available for Councils, and our partners across the housing sector and beyond, in order to ensure delivery is effective and delivers the transformational change required.

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Wed, 27/06/2018 - 09:29

COSLA comment on library closures

A COSLA Spokesperson said: "This is rightly and properly an operational matter for individual councils based on local need and circumstance. What I can say, however, is that the backdrop of cuts to council budgets certainly doesn’t help matters."

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Tue, 19/06/2018 - 17:00

COSLA comment on building safety and cladding

A COSLA Spokesperson said: “Councils take their Community Safety role very seriously. COSLA is actively engaged, and working with colleagues in Scottish Government and Fire and Rescue, alongside various other groups to do our utmost to ensure a tragedy like Grenfell Tower never occurs in Scotland.”

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Fri, 08/06/2018 - 17:00

COSLA response to the latest recommendations from homelessness action group

Councillor Elena Whitham, COSLA Community Wellbeing Spokesperson said:
"I would like to add my thanks once again to the action group for their continued focus on tackling rough sleeping and homelessness across Scotland. The focus in this latest set of recommendations on preventing the need for temporary accommodation and ensuring the right support is available quickly is something local government recognises as hugely important.

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Tue, 29/05/2018 - 13:01