Shelter Scotland

More than a third of Scots impacted by Scotland’s ‘broken and biased’ housing system

Research for housing and homelessness charity Shelter Scotland shows 1.5 million adults in Scotland (36%) are currently struggling with the condition, security, suitability, or affordability of their home, or been discriminated against while trying to find it.

Published 26 May 2021

Housing high on the agenda as Evelyn Tweed elected to Scottish Parliament

Former housing professional Evelyn Tweed has succeeded in her bid to become an MSP following the Scottish Parliamentary Elections 2021 last week.

Published 10 May 2021

Andy Knox appointed national legal services manager at Shelter Scotland

Shelter Scotland has appointed Andy Knox as its national legal services manager.

Published 6 May 2021

Unique partnership launched to tackle empty homes in the west of Scotland

Social enterprise letting agency Homes for Good (HfG) and the Scottish Empty Homes Partnership have launched a partnership to address the rising number of empty homes in the west of Scotland through the purchase and letting of empty properties, a fund to refurbish properties, and the recruitment of a dedicated empty homes manager.

Published 29 April 2021

Social housing evictions at lowest level in a decade before pandemic

Eviction actions initiated in Scotland's social housing sector fell to their lowest in the decade prior to the coronavirus pandemic, new statistics have revealed.

Published 28 April 2021

Election: SNP could restrict second-home ownership in tourist hotspots

Potential restrictions on second-home ownership are looming for Scottish tourism hotspots in an effort to make housing more accessible for young people, if the SNP is re-elected.

Published 26 April 2021

Stuart Cosgrove to chair virtual housing hustings for Shelter Scotland

Journalist and broadcaster Stuart Cosgrove is to chair a virtual housing ‘hustings’ where members of the top five political parties will face questions from the public on bad housing and homelessness.

Published 13 April 2021

Homelessness workers to get lawyer-led training on legal rights from Shelter Scotland

Shelter Scotland has announced a new two-year project to empower organisations working on the frontline with people experiencing homelessness.

Published 9 April 2021

Shelter Scotland shops opening up to receive donations

Selected Shelter Scotland charity shops are set to open their doors next week to accept donations ahead of opening to the public on April 26.

Published 7 April 2021

Edinburgh Tenants Federation discusses role and importance of social housing

Members of the Edinburgh Tenants Federation (ETF) attended an organisation meeting earlier this month to find out more about the City of Edinburgh Council’s new house building programme and Shelter Scotland’s social housing campaign Build Scotland’s Future.

Published 29 March 2021

Poverty statistics 'show tenants need more help to clear COVID-19 debts'

Housing charity Shelter Scotland has called on the Scottish Government to improve the support offered to tenants who have got into rent arrears during the pandemic in the wake of new statistics showing the high levels of poverty in Scotland were increasing even before the health crisis hit.

Published 26 March 2021

Homelessness statistics reflect pandemic safety measures as B&B use doubles

Scottish councils doubled their use of bed and breakfast accommodation for people experiencing homelessness during the first few months of lockdown last year as part of the measures taken to protect people during the coronavirus pandemic, new official statistics have revealed.

Published 24 March 2021

Gordon MacRae: When great isn’t good enough

While there is much to commend in the Scottish Government's Housing to 2040 strategy, Shelter Scotland's assistant director for communications and advocacy, Gordon MacRae, said its stated goals represent a shortfall in the minimum number of social homes required to address housing.

Published 23 March 2021

Government vows to support people needing help for addiction who faced losing their home

The Scottish Government has pledged to invest millions of pounds to tackle the ongoing problem facing scores of people who are battling addiction but are being forced to choose between going into residential rehabilitation facilities or keeping their home.

Published 22 March 2021

Support system flaw forces people to choose between residential rehabilitation or keeping home

Scores of people battling with addiction issues are being forced to choose between going into residential rehabilitation facilities or keeping their home, Shelter Scotland has revealed.

Published 17 March 2021