Individuals with disabilities starting their own businesses

Social Firms Scotland (SFS) is Scotland’s support agency for Social Firms, a member organisation, providing a range of information, advice and support to people and organisations who wish to set-up, develop and grow their socially driven business.

Social Firms are a distinct type of social enterprise where the social mission is to create employment, work experience, training and volunteering opportunities for people who face significant barriers to employment – in particular, people with a disability (including mental ill health and learning disability) substance abuse issue, a prison record, homeless issues and young people.
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PSI Accommodation Service Report

Did you know that Positive Steps Initiatives Accommodation Service (PSI) was started in 2013. Since then we have continue to build on this Social Enterprise Service, where we have accessed more tenancies through the private sector. We now have properties from a selection of social landlords and the private sector properties which enables us to provide homes and not just tenancies for the vulnerable individuals that we support.

Here is the Positive Steps Initiatives Accommodation Service Report for last year. Please feel free to share on and help raise awareness. Our main priority will always be to reduce homelessness in Dundee and support individuals on to independence

If you would like more information about our PSI Accommodation Service and how to access this, please click here

Case study report – One year on: the impact of welfare reform on housing association tenants

Ipsos MORI case study report looking at how tenants have prepared for, and reacted to changes including the bedroom tax.

15 May 2014

This report provides detailed insight into how tenants have prepared for, and reacted to, the welfare reforms. The ten case studies provide real-life stories of the thought processes and experiences of tenants who have lived through changes to the welfare system.

The in-depth interviews suggest that the welfare reforms have impacted on tenants both financially and emotionally. Participants who have been affected by the bedroom tax have reported facing a number of issues; how to pay the part of the rent not covered by Housing Benefit, the disruption of moving to a smaller property and other consequences, such as no longer having a spare room for a child to stay in or accumulating debt following the costs of moving. However, there is evidence that after a period of adjustment, some tenants have adapted to their new situations.

The report revisits some of participants who took part in the first stage of the research, which was conducted before reforms took effect and forms part of the large-scale research project conducted on our behalf by Ipsos MORI and the Cambridge Centre for Housing and Planning Research.

Housing associations and welfare reform: facing up to the realities

Cambridge Centre for Housing and Planning Research report looking at how housing associations have responded to changes.

15 May 2014

Based on in-depth interviews with 15 housing associations across England, this report highlights the changes experienced by housing associations since last April. It documents some of the strategic responses, from amending policies and practices, reviewing development plans to mobilising staff from across different departments to face the new challenges.

Overall, the associations saw themselves as coping well and felt that they would be able to manage current arrears levels if no further problems arose. However, they did report that some tenants seemed to be facing an ever increasing burden, faced with an accumulation of changes including the bedroom tax, the changes in council tax benefit and rising utility costs.
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