Homelessness



Edinburgh homeless organisation to close services amid funding cuts

An Edinburgh homeless charity has warned that vital services in the city are being closed or cut back because of a reduction in funding from the council.

Published 30 June 2015

Housing associations’ financial barriers ‘putting homelessness prevention at risk’

Homeless people are being prevented from accessing their statutory rights to permanent accommodation because of “major financial barriers” introduced by some social landlords in Scotland, a law charity has warned.

Published 29 June 2015

‘Welfare reform hitting vulnerable young people in the housing market’

Young people face considerable challenges navigating the housing market, with those on low and insecure incomes vulnerable and at potential risk of homelessness, according to a new report from the University of St Andrews published today.

Published 24 June 2015

Scottish Gas employees help raise thousands for Shelter Scotland

Hundreds of Scottish Gas employees, their friends and families, walked, jogged or cycled for miles through Bo’ness on Sunday, raising thousands of pounds in support of the housing and homelessness charity Shelter Scotland.

Published 23 June 2015

Dundee City Council to buy mortgages in bid to tackle homelessness

Dundee City Council has given its unanimous approval for a new scheme that will see the council buy homes from tenants in financial difficulty.

Published 15 June 2015

England: Council drops threat to fine rough sleepers

Hackney Council has amended an order that threatened rough sleepers with court action and fines of up to £1,000 following a campaign by homelessness groups and local people who said it risked criminalising vulnerable people.

Published 10 June 2015

Report calls for improved links between public health and homelessness prevention

The Scottish Public Health Network has published a report aimed at restoring the Public Health response to homelessness and health in Scotland.

Published 5 June 2015

Council homes set for Moray health centre site

The former health centre in Forres is to be demolished to make way for council housing after Moray Council purchased the site from NHS Grampian.

Published 3 June 2015

Dundee to discuss council housing improvements and Home Owner Support Fund

More than £1.6 million of improvements to council houses across Dundee are set to be discussed by councillors next week.

Published 2 June 2015

Report: The Smith Commission and beyond: the devolution of housing benefit to the Scottish Parliament

Shelter Scotland has published a paper which sets out the principles it believes should underpin further devolution of social security - including housing benefit – to the Scottish Parliament, and what steps the Scottish Government and UK governments should take in relation to the devolution of social security.

Published 2 June 2015

Shelter Scotland’s digital housing and homelessness advice service goes live

People in Scotland facing bad housing and homelessness will now be able to access free, housing, money and debt advice via their computer, tablets and mobile phones – with one-to-one support and signposting provided digitally from housing advisors.

Published 2 June 2015

Glasgow City Council ‘fully acknowledges’ homelessness ‘logjam’

Glasgow City Council has told Scottish Housing News that it “fully acknowledges” people have had to be turned away from its homelessness services as it struggles to deal with a “logjam” in temporary accommodation.

Published 28 May 2015

England: Supreme Court makes landmark ruling on ‘intentional homelessness’

A landmark case at the Supreme Court could change the way English local authorities use the term “intentionally homeless”.

Published 22 May 2015

800 left to sleep rough on Glasgow's streets

Glasgow City Council received almost 5000 applications for homelessness assistance last year.

Published 21 May 2015

Edinburgh youngsters offered lessons in life skills to help reduce homelessness

An innovative pilot scheme has been launched to teach young people in Edinburgh the skills they need to stay off the streets and to find work.

Published 20 May 2015