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Jon Sparkes

Chief executive, Crisis, Crisis

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As chief executive of national homelessness charity Crisis, I’ve been fortunate enough to be invo...


29/06/2016
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There was a distinct note of determination in the air as we all took our seats for the inaugural...


06/10/2017
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In the four weeks since the first meeting of the Homelessness and Rough Sleeping Action Group, th...


06/11/2017
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Chief Executive, Jon Sparkes' blog: More rough sleepers will be helped this winter after the First Minister of Scotland, Nicola Sturgeon and Housing Minister, Kevin Stewart MSP, accepted the short-term recommendations of the Homelessness and Rough Sleeping Action Group.


28/11/2017
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The quiet determination that has been present in the meetings since the Action Group started work on 5 October continued as we started the 4th meeting by reviewing the implementation of the actions we recommended for this winter.


21/12/2017
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Chief Executive blog: With the festive season behind us, members of the Scottish Government’s Homelessness and Rough Sleeping Action Group were as focused as ever when we met for the fifth time in Shelter Scotland’s offices in Edinburgh this week.


19/01/2018
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That sense of resolve sums up the atmosphere of the 2nd stakeholder workshop of the Homelessness and Rough Sleeping Action Group which took place yesterday. Colleagues from across housing, charities, justice, health, councils, housing associations and faith groups gathered to hear about and input to the progress the Action Group has made so far on recommending solutions to the Scottish Government on ending rough sleeping in Scotland and transforming the use of temporary accommodation.


31/01/2018
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Chief Executive blog: Recommendations for ending rough sleeping in Scotland are nearing completion.


08/02/2018
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Chief Executive blog: There was consensus for the principles of what we want to recommend at last week's meeting of the Scottish Government’s Homelessness and Rough Sleeping Action Group.


26/02/2018
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Yesterday saw the eighth meeting of the Scottish Government's Homelessness and Rough Sleeping Action Group (HRSAG).


16/03/2018
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Chief Executive blog: Scottish Homelessness and Rough Sleeping Action Group stakeholder day


29/03/2018
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Latest update on Homelessness and Rough Sleeping Action Group


27/04/2018
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Jon Sparkes' latest blog on the Scottish Homelessness and Rough Sleeping Action Group. "I am delighted to begin this blog by confirming that this week, Kevin Stewart, Minister for Local Government and Housing has accepted in principal the recommendations from the Homelessness and Rough Sleeping Action Group on how to transform temporary accommodation."


30/05/2018
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Today is a significant day in our efforts to end homelessness in Scotland for good as Local Government and Housing Minister, Kevin Stewart confirmed that the final recommendations of the Homelessness and Rough Sleeping Action Group (HARSAG) have been accepted by the Scottish Government.


27/06/2018
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As the publication of the Scottish Government’s new Action Plan for Ending Homelessness Together...


30/11/2018
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