COVID-19



Homelessness charities call on governments to meet urgent need to protect rough sleepers

Leading homelessness charities have written to national and UK governments seeking urgent support for people facing homelessness to be able to protect themselves from COVID-19.

Published 19 March 2020

Scottish landlord body issues advice to help tenants during COVID-19 outbreak

Scotland’s dedicated national landlord organisation has issued a five-point plan for its members to ensure they can help tenants affected by the ongoing coronavirus crisis.

Published 19 March 2020

Scottish Government announces £2.2bn fund for business affected by coronavirus

Yesterday, economy secretary Fiona Hyslop announced a series of measures to mitigate the economic impact of the coronavirus on businesses in Scotland, including a £2.2 billion for businesses.

Published 19 March 2020

England: Complete ban on evictions and additional protection for renters

Housing secretary Robert Jenrick has announced emergency legislation to ensure no renters in England will be forced out of their home during the coronavirus pandemic.

Published 19 March 2020

Letter to the Editor: Taskforce needed to coordinate coronavirus impact on homelessness

Ahead of tomorrow’s expected ministerial statement on the Scottish Government’s eviction measures, Shelter Scotland director Graeme Brown outlines immediate actions required to assist rough sleepers and help prevent further homelessness.

Published 18 March 2020

Call for hotels to provide homeless accommodation as charity closes winter shelter

Glasgow City Mission has called for hotel rooms to be used to house Scotland’s rough sleepers as the charity began an early phased closure of its Winter Night Shelter.

Published 18 March 2020

‘Immediate and substantial increase’ required to Scottish Welfare Fund

A coalition of anti-poverty charities is today calling for a significant boost to the Scottish Welfare Fund to protect people in poverty.

Published 18 March 2020

Thousands call for emergency protections for tenants during pandemic

A petition calling on the Scottish Government to take emergency measures to protect tenants from coronavirus has attracted thousands of signatures.

Published 18 March 2020

England: £3.2m emergency funding to help rough sleepers isolate

Local authorities in England are to be given access to £3.2 million of emergency funding to help rough sleepers, or those at risk of rough sleeping, to prevent the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19).

Published 18 March 2020

Wales: Housing minister confirms Help to Buy loan interest repayment holiday

The Welsh Government is introducing a temporary three month interest repayment holiday for interest bearing Help to Buy Wales customers who may suffer financial hardship as a result of the coronavirus outbreak.

Published 18 March 2020

Glasgow to use empty flats to support homeless people throughout coronavirus outbreak

Glasgow City Council is identifying furnished flats to reduce the risk of COVID-19 to vulnerable homeless people.

Published 17 March 2020

Kevin Stewart: COVID-19 and those experiencing homelessness

Housing minister Kevin Stewart details his meeting with public health minister Joe FitzPatrick to discuss COVID-19 and how it will impact those who are experiencing, or at risk of experiencing homelessness.

Published 17 March 2020

Call for suspension of face-to-face benefit assessments to be made permanent

Citizens Advice Scotland (CAS) has welcomed news that face-to-face social security assessments are to be suspended during the coronavirus outbreak and have called on the UK Government for the change to be made permanent.

Published 17 March 2020

‘Don’t panic buy’ warns Glasgow foodbank

A foodbank in Glasgow has urged people to stop panic buying amid concerns it may not be able to provide its service in the near future.

Published 17 March 2020

Scottish Parliament suspends public engagement

The Scottish Parliament has announced it will suspend public engagement activities as it prioritises supporting parliamentary business and responding to the coronavirus.

Published 17 March 2020