Once more, the Scottish Government acts to help the most vulnerable in our society in a way utterly alien to the thinking of Tories in England or Scotland. Ruth Davidson’s Boris-like, bullishness may have got her into a list of the supposed influential in British society, but she has no influence on matters of real concern in a modern compassionate society.
Homelessness is falling in Scotland as it rises in England under the malign ‘leadership of Theresa ‘Windrush’ May. See these for more detail:
Having begun to tackle the wider problem of homelessness with the successful Priority Needs Test in 2012/13 and currently piloting the Housing First strategy, the SNP Government has now taken steps to deal with ‘the hard core of street homeless who refuse to engage with services or access any accommodation on offer.’
See this, from the Guardian today, but ignored by the Scottish media:
‘Outreach workers in Scottish cities can make instant pay-outs of up to £200 for anything from haircuts to hotel rooms as part of a radical approach to entrenched rough sleeping. The funding, directly from the Scottish government, is being made available to frontline staff working with the hard core of street homeless who refuse to engage with services or access any accommodation on offer.’
Some say the measure of a society is how it treats its elderly, sick and poor. This seems an even tougher test. This hard core of rough sleepers and, perhaps, daytime beggars, represent a group for whom many in our society have no compassion. I doubt there are many votes to be won from this so the SNP leadership is to be commended for reminding us how different we and they can be from Tory England.
I’m not a believer, but ‘the book’ is full of evidence that our Tory kirk and church-going neighbours might want to recognise the efforts of this government:
And the King will answer them, ‘Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these my brothers, you did it to me.’