Save Our Care Homes

A few days ago the Edinburgh Integration Joint Board (EIJB) announced plans to close five publicly run residential care homes: Fords Road, Clovenstone, Jewel House and Ferrylee homes would be shut completely and Drumbrae would have a change the use to medically-led care of the elderly.If these closures go ahead they will have a majorContinue reading “Save Our Care Homes”

Deputation to the Housing and Homelessness Committee

Hello – I’m Robyn Kane. I’m the chair of the Moredun Multis and Maisonettes Residents Association and a member of the Gilmerton and Inch community council. The resident’s association I represent has 6 high rises and two blocks of Maisonettes totalling over 500 homes. I personally have lived in the high-rises since early 2017 andContinue reading “Deputation to the Housing and Homelessness Committee”

Our City: Housing and Homelessness

This is a report of the meeting on Housing and Homelessness in Edinburgh, which we held on 22nd April 2021. In our recent survey of how Edinburgh residents feel about councils services just under a half felt that housing services were poor and a similar proportions were unhappy with support for the homeless. In theContinue reading “Our City: Housing and Homelessness”

Scottish Parliament Elections 2021

Ask your local candidates to support the ‘Another Scotland is Possible’ pledge Members of Another Edinburgh is Possible worked with Another Glasgow is Possible and activists around Scotland to produce this statement aimed at individuals standing in the 2021 Scottish Parliament Elections. Email the pledge to your local candidates, raise the questions at hustings eventsContinue reading “Scottish Parliament Elections 2021”

The Feeley Report on adult social care

Marlyn Tweedie shares some thoughts on the Feeley report into the provision of Care in Scotland.  The report was published on 3rd Feb 2021 – compiled by Derek Feeley, a former director general for health and Social care within the Scottish Government. The enquiry raised a degree of hope that perhaps a Care Service – adequately funded andContinue reading “The Feeley Report on adult social care”

Our City

‘Our City’ – the full report of ‘Another Edinburgh is Possible’s’ survey of the views of Edinburgh residents is published today. You can read the report online or download it via this link. Here’s the report forward written by Mary Alexander I am delighted to have been asked to write the foreword to this excellentContinue reading “Our City”

An Edinburgh Without Homelessness Is Possible

Leslie Cunningham writes I got to know Rob, a homeless man, about a year ago. On 15th February 2021, he kindly allowed me to interview him. This article attempts to convey what he most eloquently expressed in no more than about fifteen minutes. (!)  Rob just wants a roof over his head – a hostelContinue reading “An Edinburgh Without Homelessness Is Possible”

Democratic Deficit

On 18th February Edinburgh City Council met to discuss its budget for 2021/22.  It’s not a normal year because neither Westminster nor Holyrood have yet set their budgets and these budgets set the parameters for the Council’s decision. The budget motion set before councillors seemed to have been written in a parallel universe.  It acknowledged the challenge ofContinue reading “Democratic Deficit”

Survey – interim report

Another Edinburgh is Possible – Interim report on the results of a survey of how Edinburgh residents experience council services Since 2012/13, Edinburgh City Council budget cuts have amounted to £320 million.  Year on year of so-called ‘savings’ have resulted in a hollowing out of jobs and services to Edinburgh residents.  Over the last 12Continue reading “Survey – interim report”