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A Glasgow City Council spokeswoman said: “Shelter’s legal action had no impact on the Scottish Housing Regulator’s decision and we welcome their move to abandon their court case.

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“We are working constructively with the Regulator in order to improve homelessness services and our door remains open to Shelter to engage positively with us.”

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As many people start to wind down for the festive period, hundreds of home carers across Glasgow are gearing up to carry out thousands of visits to some of our most vulnerable citizens on Christmas Day and over the festive period.

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On Christmas Day last year, more than 13,500 visits were carried out by Glasgow City Health and Social Care Partnership (HSCP) home care staff – carrying out their normal daily duties whilst the rest of the city tuck into their turkey dinners.

To many of our service users the visits on Christmas Day will be a lifeline. This includes more than 12 service users who are all over 100 years young – the oldest 104!

As Frances McMeeking, Assistant Chief Officer, Operational Care Services for Glasgow City HSCP explains: “Instead of winding down at this time of year our staff are very much the opposite – making sure that all our service users have their visits scheduled for over the holidays – but also trying to juggle staff holidays.

“Home carers have families too and we want to make it possible for as many of them to have time off with their loved ones at Christmas and New Year.

“We have sent out letters to all our service users across the city asking them to confirm that they still require the same level of service – as we know that extended family have more time to spend with their mums, dads, aunts and uncles which results in our staff not being vital for a home visit for example.

“However, this does not mean a reduced service – far from it.

“In the lead up to Christmas we can see a 21% increase in referrals as hospitals try to ensure that patients can be home safe for the holidays.

“To this end we want to urge families to let us know as soon as possible if their family member receiving a care package is not going to require a scheduled visit – if we don’t know and then our home carer arrives to a locked door we have to follow protocol and try and find out if the service user is safe.

“This could involve requesting the emergency services to attend and wasting valuable resources that could be directed elsewhere.

“By letting the team know in advance can prevent any mix ups and letters have been delivered to every one of our 5500 service users explain the process.

“It’s a constant changing landscape but if we have as much information in advance it will allow us to manage staff efficiently and also allow as many of our staff time off with their families.”

Greater Easterhouse Green Infrastructure Project Now Complete

Pupils from Aultmore Park Primary School headed out to Blairtummock Park today to mark the recent completion of the £7.4 million Greater Easterhouse Green Infrastructure Project which has created new greenspaces and enhanced those existing, by introducing surface water management features that will reduce the risks and impacts of flooding for the local area, and also downstream through the east end of Glasgow, whilst creating drainage capacity for housing led regeneration.

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The pupils were particularly keen to see one of the recently installed footbridges that spans the new open section of the Whamflet Burn, following on from their previous site visit where they helped contractor R J McLeod choose the colour of the new footbridges within the much improved local park.

Glasgow City Region City Deal (funded by both the UK and Scottish Governments) provided funding for the project through the Metropolitan Glasgow Strategic Drainage Partnership (MGSDP) – with Scottish Natural Heritage providing Green Infrastructure funding from the European Regional Development Fund. The project also benefitted from contributions from the Vacant & Derelict Land Fund and the Heritage Lottery Fund via the Seven Lochs Partnership.

Works delivered on site to the design developed by Sweco, have seen the area’s natural resources advanced to encourage increased use of local parks and other high-quality green and water spaces (including links to the Seven Lochs Wetland Park) – alongside interventions to tackle flooding which can result from heavy rainfall.   By implementing improved drainage measures, the potential for future residential and commercial developments has now been unlocked and local wildlife protected, including the creation of connected habitat networks for the area’s grassland water voles.

Through MGSDP City Deal investment of circa £45m, Glasgow is proactively working in partnership with key stakeholders such as Scottish Natural Heritage to deliver a programme of schemes to ‘Sustainably Drain Glasgow’, targeting areas across the city where rainfall adversely impacts communities.

Cllr Kenny McLean, City Convener for Neighbourhoods, Housing and Public Realm said; “I’m delighted to see completion of the Greater Easterhouse Green Infrastructure Project that, through partnership working will deliver a wealth of social, economic and environmental benefits to the local community in the east of the city.  Not only has the project increased the attractiveness of the area by developing its natural resources, it’s also reduced the risk of flooding which will encourage future development, allowing more homes to be built, and bring more visitors to the area.”

Dr Mike Cantlay OBE, Chair of Scottish Natural Heritage said; “We are delighted to celebrate the completion of the Greater Easterhouse project and to see local communities and school children already benefitting from the dramatic greenspace changes. The scale of this project was ambitious, with a total area equivalent to more than thirty Hampden Parks transformed from vacant and derelict land into attractive urban parks and green corridors. Its completion has taken us a step closer to creating a nature-rich future for everyone in Scotland by improving biodiversity, creating better habitat for wildlife, helping to mitigate climate change and reduce flood risk and connecting more people with nature, with all of the many mental and physical health benefits that brings.”

Cabinet Secretary for Infrastructure, Michael Matheson said: “The partnership working demonstrated within this project and all through the Glasgow City Region Deal is very encouraging to see. We want the deal to deliver inclusive economic growth for communities within Glasgow and its wider city region. By collaborating with key stakeholders and utilising other funding sources, regional partners can extract the most value from the Scottish Government’s £500m investment in the deal.”

Cllr Maureen Burke, Chair of Seven Lochs Partnership said; “The Greater Easterhouse GI project is a great example of organisations working together to deliver benefits for people and nature. We now have two new, high quality green routes that connect surrounding communities to the Seven Lochs Wetland Park as well as new habitat for Glasgow’s unique grassland water voles.  It also offered a great opportunity for the Seven Lochs Partnership to work with local people to celebrate their local heritage by designing way markers for the Water Vole and Provan Hall trails”.

Vhairi Cochrane, Headteacher at Aultmore Park Primary School said; “Our children are keen environmentalists and they have enjoyed learning about green infrastructure and how work to alleviate flood risk will benefit the wider community.  They particularly enjoyed their previous visit to the park with the site contractors and are looking forward to spending time in the future enjoying the improved surroundings.”

Bruce Clark, MD of RJ McLeod said; “RJ McLeod are delighted to have been the contractor chosen to be part of the team that built Cardowan SWMP scheme, and doing our part in reducing flooding risk and improving water quality in the East side of Glasgow. As a local Scottish civil engineering firm, we are grateful for the level of support we received from the community, which was vital in the successful construction of the project.”

Tom Rathmell, Operations Director at Sweco, said: “We’ve been able to deliver an attractive green space for local residents and a welcoming habitat for local wildlife, reconnecting them with the local burns and re-establishing the floodplains, all while naturally cleaning surface water and reducing the risk of flooding in the local area and downstream. Projects like these are a big part of creating the communities and cities of the future, and this project will directly support the creation of a healthier, more sustainable local environment.”

 

Both the UK and Scottish Governments are providing the Glasgow City Region local authorities with £500million each in grant funding for the Glasgow City Region City Deal.

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Best Start Grant turns one

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Social Security Scotland is marking the first anniversary of its Best Start Grant Pregnancy and Baby Payment.

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Since its launch in December 2018  to September, £7.7 million has been paid out to families with children up to six months old.

The Pregnancy and Baby Payment was the first of three new benefits in the Best Start Grant package to be introduced to help low income families at key stages in a child’s life.  Along with Early Learning Payment and School Age Payment,  a total of £17.7 million has gone to low income families with young children through 61,000 payments between December 2018 and September 2019.

Speaking on a visit to One Parent Families Scotland, Social Security Secretary Shirley-Anne Somerville said:

“It’s a pleasure to mark the first birthday of the Best Start Grant, the first application based benefit delivered by Social Security Scotland.

“We want to ensure that every child has the best start in life, and the Best Start grants help do just that, providing vital financial support to thousands of families across Scotland.

“We know Christmas can cause financial stress for many families, with low income families in particular often feeling the burden as they struggle to cover the normal bills with the extra cost of the festive period.

“I would urge anybody who thinks they may be eligible for any of the Best Start Grant payments to find out more and apply today.”

Caitlin Donachie, 25, from Glasgow, received the Best Start Grant Pregnancy and Baby Payment for her son Jace last year. He is now celebrating his first birthday.

She said: “I got the Pregnancy and Baby Payment last year. It made a real difference, Jace had just been born and he needed a lot of things. He was born near Christmas and with having two other kids, I was getting stuff for them. If I didn’t have the grant I wouldn’t have been able to buy everything I needed to get for a baby arriving. It was really helpful.

“I also got the Early Learning Payment for my daughter who is three. I used it to get her new clothes, jackets and wellies for the winter coming in. It was really good, I’d recommend it. If you’re entitled for the Best Start Grant, definitely apply for it.”

Director of One Parent Families Scotland, Satwat Rehman said:

“The earliest years of life are vital to a child’s development and affect inequalities in health, education and employment opportunities later in life. We know that single parent families are disproportionately affected by child poverty and the Best Start Grant payments are often a crucial lifeline

“One Parent Families Scotland has supported parents to take part in development of the Best Start Grant all the way through to the launch last year and we are pleased to have helped hundreds of parents access the grant and reduce money related stress.

Background:

  • Pregnancy and Baby Payment is £600 for a first child and £300 for subsequent children

  • Two brand new payments were also introduced, the Early Learning Payment, launched in April which paid out £6 million and the School Age Payment, launched in June has paid out a further £4 million.

  • School Age Payment is £250 to help with the costs of preparing for school

  • Early Learning Payment is a £250 payment for eligible families who have a child between the ages of two and three years and six months

  • Payments are made to families in receipt of eligible benefits – including Universal Credit, Income Support, Housing Benefit and Tax credits

  • More information can be found at mygov.scot/best-start-grant or by calling 0800 182 2222

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Rapid action was taken to revive overdose victims 17 times in four months at Glasgow’s Winter Night Shelter last year.

Staff trained in the use of Naloxone, a drug which can revive people experiencing potentially fatal overdoses, sprang into action to avert disaster.

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The number of Naloxone interventions in four months, at the Winter Night Shelter alone, demonstrates the high prevalence of drug addiction among Glasgow’s homeless community.

Naloxone is used across homelessness services in the city, as Glasgow, like the rest of Scotland, is battling a drug deaths crisis. Fatal and non-fatal overdoses are on the increase.

In 2018, Scotland suffered a record number of drugs deaths. Tragically, 1187 people died across the country and 280 (24%) of deaths were in Glasgow. A number of the people who died were being helped by the city’s homeless services, as well as our addiction services. We are currently working on a comprehensive drugs deaths action plan to implement a range of action to respond to this crisis.

Sadly, last year, 45 people recorded as homeless in Glasgow died. Forty-three of the people who died (95%) were in temporary accommodation at the time of their deaths. Drug and alcohol addiction along with mental health problems are prevalent among the city’s most vulnerable homeless people. They threaten their long term health and ultimately, their lives.

Susanne Millar, Interim Chief Officer of Glasgow’s Health & Social Care Partnership said: “Sadly, of the 45 people who died, the majority of those deaths were related to complex health issues often associated with previous or current addiction issues, including mental health, with a smaller number recorded as drugs deaths.

“Many of our service users who died had previous or existing addiction issues, some also with significant mental health needs. It is the complexity of those needs which contributed to their deaths, rather than issues relating to their housing status.

“The number of lives potentially saved at the Winter Night Shelter demonstrates the scale of the problem. Unfortunately, this heart-breaking reality is replicated in our other homelessness services too. It is emotionally difficult for staff and trained volunteers at the Night Shelter who work closely with service users and whom I’d personally like to thank for their dedication and professionalism in these difficult circumstances.”

At the last official count, there were 29 people sleeping rough in the city. The Winter Night Shelter, run by Glasgow City Mission, can accommodated up to 40 people and in winter 2018, although more people used it, it was never full and multi-agency work at the shelter saw the vast majority of guests offered alternative accommodation quickly.

HOUSING FIRST TENANCIES

Homeless people with complex needs are being helped by Glasgow’s Housing First initiative which provides mainstream secure tenancies for people. Reintegrating into a community can prove difficult for people who have lived in hostels or slept rough.

As well as offering people their own homes, Housing First also provides intensive wraparound support to help them maintain their tenancies. This can include help liaising with utility companies, buying basic furniture, ensuring they are in receipt of all the benefits they are entitled to, encouraging them to attend medical appointments and learn new skills to boost their self-confidence and future employability.

Since Glasgow’s Housing First programme began in September 2018, 70 people have moved into new homes and 91% of those tenancies have been sustained. This includes people who were previously accommodated in outdated and unfit hostel accommodation which has been closed.

The Housing First programme operates in addition to existing homelessness services for people who do not have such issues.

ALMOST 10,000 APPROACHES

In 2018/19, Glasgow received 9,688 approaches for Housing Options advice, with 59% (5,679) progressing to a homeless application. This is 16% of Scotland’s total homelessness applications.

The 4009 cases which did not progress to homelessness applications, were not roofless and were seeking information and advice regarding their housing status.

We know that where we have a duty to provide permanent accommodation for people who are homeless, this does not happen quickly enough, and many people spend too long in temporary accommodation. We are working with partners and with the Scottish Housing Regulator to speed up our processes and reduce the length of time people spend in homeless accommodation.

Our Rapid Rehousing Transition Plan (RRTP) will transform the service over the next five years, including the reduction of time spent in temporary accommodation and speeding up access to permanent solutions, including for those with complex needs through Housing First, moving away from outdated hostel accommodation and reducing the use of B&B accommodation.

This works includes an investment in statutory and third sector resources to support implementation of the RRTP.

Critical to the success of all of this work is the need for us to continue to work closely in partnership with the city’s 68 Social Registered Landlords, Third Sector partners and people with lived (personal) experience of addiction and homelessness to address the challenges faced in a city with well documented deprivation issues.

A full update on homeless services was presented to Glasgow’s City Administration Committee on Thursday November 28th.

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CAPTION:-  Naloxone use has increased in the city as the number of fatal and non-fatal overdoses has risen. The drug may help revive people experiencing an overdose.

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Glasgow City Council has approved the St Enoch District Regeneration Framework (DRF) and its 10-year Action Plan.

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The St Enoch DRF shares a number of objectives with the other eight city centre districts:

      • Retaining and improving the competitive edge of Glasgow city centre;
      • A centre for all Glaswegians; integrating the city centre and surround areas;
      • Repopulating the city; increasing city density and function mix;
      • Reducing car dependency; making space for people and nature; and
      • Creating more attractive and remarkable spaces.

 

Over 5,500 people were directly engaged in the consultation process around this DRF, which aims to regenerate the district over the next decade.

 

A number of themes and projects were proposed in the St Enoch DRF, and the most popular of these was the theme of creating Great Streets and Spaces, with many respondents supporting the role of active travel in this.

 

Other popular proposals included more pro-active interventions to deal with gap sites and building maintenance; better integration of transport modes; the development of a range a range of day and night-time amenities and attractions to attract footfall and increase dwell-time; more local, independent business and retail, as well as bars and restaurants, and more usable outdoor green space.

 

There were also calls for a greater residential population that could tap into and drive the area’s existing art and creative scene.

 

Consultation feedbank on the proposed River Park along both banks of the Clyde in the city centre led to a change in the draft DRF, with respondents calling for mixed-use development to attract footfall and bring vibrancy to the area, more greenspace and trees, and the addition of jetties and platforms to allow greater access to the river Clyde.

 

The St Enoch DRF can be found here: https://www.glasgowcitycentrestrategy.com/st-enoch-district-regeneration-framework-update.htm.

 

The 10-year Action Plan to deliver this DRF features key projects such as the Argyle Street and Clyde Street Avenues, the River Park, and a number of local masterplans.  The council will work with partners and stakeholders to deliver these projects.

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Glasgow City Council recently learned about the findings of its recent Heritage best value review, and approved the release of funding for Glasgow City Heritage Trust.

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The maintenance of Glasgow’s built heritage – the city has over 1800 listed buildings – is a key part of the council’s Strategic Plan.  The council has a substantial portfolio of ‘heritage’ buildings, managed under the recently adopted Heritage Assets Plan.

 

As part of its commitment to the city’s built heritage, the council funds two organisations that aim to promote, protect and enhance it: Glasgow City Preservation Trust (GBPT) and Glasgow City Heritage Trust (GCHT).

 

GBPT is Glasgow’s only building preservation body, acting as a ‘developer of last resort’ in the preservation and regeneration of historic buildings, including Buildings at Risk.  GBPT has many years of experience and expertise in its role, usually working on behalf of local communities or communities of interest. GBPT fundraise for each project that it delivers and has a track-record of securing significant capital funding from a range of funders.  GBPT also co-ordinates the successful annual Doors Open Day Festival.  The council provides £50,000 of core annual funding to GBPT with a further £45,000 of events funding.

 

GCHT is one of seven City Heritage Trusts in Scotland, running a grants programme to aid the repair and restoration of historic buildings, as well as education, training and outreach programmes.  The council provides £50,000 of core annual funding, and a further £190,000 of grant funding, to GCHT. This is in line with the commitment made to provide contributory funding to augment Historic Environment Scotland’s (HES) £750,000 contribution towards funding of the built heritage of Glasgow. This combined funding supports direct grant funding to building owners in Glasgow to allow them to undertake works in their listed buildings. The HES funding is conditional on the council’s contribution of £190,000.

 

The report on the council-commissioned independent best value review into the city’s built heritage found that both organisations provide good value for the allocated funding.  For more detail on the report, visit: https://www.glasgow.gov.uk/CHttpHandler.ashx?id=47499.

 

A number of recommendations were made in the report:

  • The adoption of a partnership model, which reduces the property burden upon the local authority. HES is supportive of this type of model and it has the potential to provide sustainable, inclusive, heritage-led regeneration;
  • Maximise the potential for the two organisations to access external funding for Glasgow’s historic environment, through applications for large-scale heritage-led regeneration schemes such as (for example) Townscape Heritage and Conservation Area Renewal Schemes;
  • Explore other ways in which GCHT and GBPT could work in closer partnership with each other and the council to protect and enhance the City’s historic environment, such as working jointly with the council to deliver aspects of the council’s Heritage Assets Plan.  This working would see a joint analysis of the heritage estate carried out by GCHT and/or GBPT in partnership with the council;
  • A formal Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) – or similar suitable arrangement – be put in place to clearly set out the relationships between the council, GBPT and GCHT. The MoU/partnership arrangement will document the roles and responsibilities, governance and reporting arrangements and financial obligations of all the parties; and
  • Explore the potential of GCHT and GBPT working more closely with other organisations such as HubWest and similar bodies.

 

Current funding arrangements will be kept in place to ensure that grant commitments are met, that the grant funding from HES is secured, and to ensure the financial sustainability of both heritage organisations.

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Glasgow City Council has now approved its City Centre Living Strategy, a document which shows the way to doubling the area’s population to 40,000 over the next 15 years.

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A 10-week public consultation on the strategy will now begin on 6 December.

 

While the city centre is currently home to a growing figure of just over 20,000 people, Glasgow lies behind competitor cities such as Manchester, Liverpool and Birmingham in terms of the numbers living and moving to live in the centre of those cities.

 

Although Glasgow is now seeing a significant increase in both investor interest and planning approvals for private sector rent developments – and so an increase in the city centre population – the need to accelerate this trend has been identified through the City Centre Living Strategy (CCLS), which aims to establish a city centre population of 40,000 by 2035.

 

Population density is now considered crucial to the success and sustainability of city centres.  These areas have traditionally been home to a thriving retail sector, and while Glasgow continues to be the biggest shopping destination in the UK outside of London’s West End, the rise of online shopping and shifting investor demand means that new uses have to be found for redundant floorspace, and residential development offers a good opportunity to repurpose this space.

 

The number of people living in UK city centres almost tripled between 2000-2011, as young, single and highly-educated millennials choose to live in urban areas and – while both Glasgow‘s city centre strategy 2014-19 and city development plan have contributed to making a more mixed-use (combining leisure with retail) city centre that is more attractive as a residential location – the CCLS will further guide the growth of this population is Glasgow and the provision of all the supporting infrastructure and services that will be required.

 

The city centre strategy 2014-19 had proposed a number of measures to make the area a ‘place to stay and live’, including:

  • Encouraging new developments, and the conversion of vacant properties into residential properties, to attract professionals, families, down-sizers and students;
  • Providing appropriate services such as schools and open spaces; and
  • Creating quality spaces and environments – now being made a reality through the Glasgow City Region City Deal Avenues project.

 

Glasgow does have advantages over other city centres in terms of attracting a wide demographic to live there, due to its atmosphere, vibrancy, connectivity and the scale of its shopping and leisure facilities, but there are also challenges around meeting supply and demand for residential development, such as a high proportion of listed buildings (possibly difficult and expensive to convert) and pre-1945 properties.

 

Research and public engagement by Savills over the past couple of years generated some key findings on the issue, including:

  • A lack of residential availability and choice, and unmet demand;
  • Social housing plays a key role in some districts, providing affordable and secure accommodation;
  • A perception that private housing in the city centre was expensive, and calls for more variety in housing cost and types;
  • The greatest demand for city centre housing was in the Merchant City, Broomielaw and Sauchiehall Districts;
  • Different types of infrastructure – community, social, smart and green – and tackling cleaning and anti-social behaviour issues are needed to make the city centre liveable; and
  • Developers look for information on the local authority’s priorities on issues such as the vertical separation of uses (ie retail on ground floor, residential above).

 

The CCLS has six key objectives:

  1. To increase the city centre’s population from just over 20,000 to 40,000 by 2035;
  2. To find productive outcomes for vacant commercial space, with a particular focus on upper floors;
  3. To provide a quality city centre environment that is cleaner, greener, more sustainable and better connected;
  4. To deliver quality in design across all development;
  5. To offer a responsive, innovative approach to investment opportunities that support this strategy; and
  6. To enable resilient, empowered and socially cohesive neighbourhoods.

 

The CCLS also takes into account the critical nature of climate change, and will identify actions that form part of the collective response to the emergency.  Some of these are likely to include: enabling the reuse of buildings; the promotion of district heating systems where possible; supporting the ‘Avenues’ programme and other city centre projects incorporating green and active travel infrastructure, as well as smart and electric vehicle infrastructure.

 

A draft action plan has been produced to deliver these objectives, some of which focus on specific city centre districts, others on social infrastructure, resilience and environmental improvements.

 

To find out more about the draft City Centre Living Strategy, please visit: https://www.glasgow.gov.uk/CHttpHandler.ashx?id=47302.

 

The CCLS will inform planning guidance for future city centre development and strategy.

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A Glasgow City Council committee has approved its Empty Homes Strategy for the city.  The three-year strategy will bring hundreds of long-term empty homes back into use every year during this period, as part of the council’s commitment to increasing Glasgow’s housing supply.

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The city currently has 2,687 homes listed as being empty for six months or more, with second homes not included in this figure.

 

The most common reasons for these homes becoming empty for a long time include mortgage default and repossessions; deceased or untraceable owners; property title issues; and properties which have fallen into a state of disrepair.

 

Under the Housing (Scotland) Act 2010, local authorities can now use Council Tax records to identify vacant homes and bring them back into use, and from 2018, a surcharge of up to 100% of Council Tax can be charged to owners of empty homes which are not being marketed for sale or rent.  Glasgow is the only Scottish local authority which alerts home owners prior to this application of the premium charge.

 

The Glasgow Housing Strategy – now halfway through its five-year life, and part of the wider Glasgow Housing Strategy – had set a target of 475-570 long-term empty homes being returned to use by end of that period, but this programme is already ahead of schedule, with 380 homes now back in use, most of which are now in the social rent sector.

 

The Empty Homes Strategy will:

  • Increase the availability of housing stock to meet demand, providing good-quality accommodation for those who need it;
  • Offer home owners information and advice to help bring properties back into use;
  • Identify opportunities for suitable housing for particular groups, such as larger families, homeless people, and those with a variety of support needs;
  • Tackle environmental and neighbourhood blight; and
  • Safeguard the interest of tenement flat owners to facilitate common repairs work..

 

The strategy has a target of between 200-250 empty homes being brought back into use annually over three years.  In addition, they will promote the reporting of empty homes in local areas to develop a city-wide database of such properties.  Compulsory purchase powers will be used, and the council will work with registered social landlords to provide assistance to buy empty homes through its acquisition strategy.

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Glasgow residents are being urged to help end violence towards women as the city prepares to support the annual, world-wide 16 Days of Action campaign.

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Glasgow’s Violence Against Women Partnership (GVAWP) is supporting the campaign by co-ordinating local activities to challenge unacceptable behaviour and let women know they need not suffer in isolation– help is available.

A number of events are planned across the city during the 16 Days campaign which runs from 25 November to 10 December.

Ann Fehily, Group Manager for Violence Against Women Services, said: “Sixteen Days of Action is a global campaign set up to show the world that violence against women is everyone’s issue and we all have a role in ending it. Violence against women is not just about domestic abuse – it includes rape, sexual violence, harmful cultural practices such as forced and child marriage, commercial sexual exploitation including prostitution and pornography, stalking and harassment.

“Violence against women harms society and impacts on the lives of women, children and young people. Communities suffer and families are destroyed. We know most men don’t commit such violence but those that do cause great emotional and physical damage which affects families and scars future generations.

“The 16 Days campaign is a great opportunity to raise awareness of this unacceptable behaviour. We hope the public get behind the campaign and support the events taking place across the city.”

The first day of the campaign (25 November) is the United Nation’s International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women and culminates on International Human Rights Day (10 December).

It also encompasses World Aids Day (1 December) and remembers the date (6 December 1989) when 14 female students were shot and killed by a man who objected to them studying to be engineers because they were women. So appalled by the actions of the gunman that a group of men came together to make their support for women’s equality visible. This led to the birth of the White Ribbon movement. Wearing a White Ribbon is now the symbol of support for 16 Days which Glasgow has adopted. Throughout the campaign, everyone including men and boys are encouraged to wear a White Ribbon to show their commitment to ending violence against women.

An installation which shines a light a on violence against women will be on display from Monday, 2 December until Friday, 6 December in the City Chambers. Researcher Dr Emma Forbes, artist Brian Waugh, art tutor Charles Provan and the Daisy Project have worked together to create a dynamic-stained glass art installation The Glass Walls art installation is a collaborative community art project raising awareness of domestic abuse and the ongoing challenges in seeking justice.

Visit www.glasgow.gov.uk/vaw for further information.