More than 100 years ago Mark Twain commented that “facts are stubborn things but statistics are pliable”. Add a layer of media manipulation, public affairs spin and the tweet and retweet culture of social media and that observation is more astute than ever.
Last week the Scottish Government released the quarterly update of the official homelessness statistics for Scotland. Unsurprisingly, as a homelessness charity working in Scotland, the publication of these stats always causes a flurry of interest and activity in the office (especially for the more geeky among us). The publication of these figures gives us information […]
Six months is not a long time. It’s less than a football season; just longer than a school term and about as long as the gestation period for the largest type of bat. But under housing law it’s as long as you have security in your own home if you rent privately.
As someone who has lived long enough in Scotland to know better than get excited about summer, I have transferred my affection to autumn and get particularly excited when the leaves start changing and there are satsumas in the shops. What’s not to love? Wintery walks, cosy pub lunches, excuses to stay in when it’s […]
This was the question, and all that is implied within it, that was doing circuits of logic around my mind whilst I took my seat at the signing of the West of Scotland Housing Options Hub’s protocol in Glasgow recently.