housing and environment

The Joseph Rowntree Foundation (JRF) is strongly supportive of the draft directive, and the overarching principle, that equal treatment means there should be no direct or indirect discrimination on the grounds of religion or belief, disability, age or sexual orientation.

Provides an update on progress of the Government strategy 'Lifetime Homes, Lifetime Neighbourhoods' and outlines the next steps on delivery. It includes outlines of the roles of the different partners in delivery.

Scottish Government report from the National Review of Guidance, providing 10 standards to develop personal support in Scottish schools. The standard for personal support provides a framework for building positive relationships and enabling pupils and parents to access support, and describes what must be in place in schools to ensure that all children progress in their learning and personal and social development.

This report identifies key issues and lessons for current planning policy and practice concerning the development of new urban extensions. It combines the first-hand learning of practitioners – including the Joseph Rowntree Housing Trust at Derwenthorpe in York – with an analysis of the strengths and weaknesses of the current policy framework, and draws conclusions that are relevant not just to high-profile “eco-towns” but to all new communities in Britain.

A study of the impacts of housing stock transfers undertaken since 1997 across Britain. This research looks at the transfer of housing stock from councils to specially established housing associations, concentrating on the ‘second generation’ of transfers carried out since 1997.

This guidance has been produced by the Scottish Housing Regulator in partnership with Stonewall Scotland and the LGBT Centre for Health and Wellbeing. The guidance highlights the key drivers for addressing homophobic and transphobic harassment and gives a brief outline of previous work funded by Communities Scotland that highlights LGBT housing needs and providing guidance for social housing providers.

This government strategy, developed in partnership with the Housing Community Network, sets out how residents, along with their community associations, can get involved in developing their local services to improve their quality of life. The Strategy briefly discusses different models and methods of involvement. An "Action Plan" which outlines key themes and priorities for the next three years is also included.

The Committee has asked for our views on access to housing in local areas, on homelessness legislation and on housing supply generally. Since each of these is a big issue in its own right, in the evidence below, Shelter has looked mainly at progress towards the 2012 homelessness target and at some of the implications of that target.

This paper sets out the joint position from Consumer Focus Scotland and Shelter Scotland on some of the key issues affecting tenants in the private rented sector (PRS) in Scotland. The paper focuses particularly on the specific needs of the most disadvantaged tenants in this sector.

Children and young people in Scotland continue to live in run-down, overcrowded, damp housing or are stuck in temporary housing affecting all aspects of their current and future lives. This report presents an overview of the bad housing and homelessness situation in Scotland.