Shelter Scotland



Scottish Government accepts HARSAG recommendations in principle

The Scottish Government has accepted the full set of recommendations by the Homelessness and Rough Sleeping Action Group (HARSAG) in principle, housing minister Kevin Stewart MSP has announced.

Published 15 July 2020

LBTT threshold increased to £250,000 and £50m added to First Home Fund

The threshold at which Land and Buildings Transaction Tax (LBTT) is paid will be raised from £145,000 to £250,000 as the Scottish Government steps up efforts to support homebuyers and help the economy recover from the impact of coronavirus.

Published 10 July 2020

More eviction protection needed amid ‘alarming’ rise in crisis grants applications

A 37% increase in applications for crisis grants from the Scottish Welfare Fund highlights the need for an extension to the current protections against eviction, according to Shelter Scotland.

Published 8 July 2020

Dr Philip O’Brien and Dr Richard Dunning: More than ever, Scotland needs affordable housing

Having contributed to a report by the Scottish Federation of Housing Associations (SFHA), Shelter Scotland, and the Chartered Institute of Housing (CIH) Scotland which called for the Scottish Government to commit to delivering 53,000 affordable homes, Dr Philip O’Brien and Dr Richard Dunning reflect on the research findings.

Published 30 June 2020

Partnership marks record-breaking decade of bringing empty homes back into use

Scottish councils have been urged to make empty homes work a cornerstone of post-pandemic recovery after a record number of privately-owned vacant properties were brought back into use last year.

Published 29 June 2020

Post-COVID economic advisory group advocates accelerated investment in affordable housing

The Scottish Government should accelerate investment in affordable housing and introduce a Scottish jobs guarantee in partnership with business as part of its recovery from the coronavirus pandemic.

Published 23 June 2020

Aberdeen empty homes total triples in four years

The number of empty homes in Aberdeen has almost tripled in the last four years.

Published 22 June 2020

Legal Services Agency to host meeting for social justice sector lawyers

The Legal Services Agency (LSA) is hosting virtual meetings to allow lawyers in the social justice sector to connect during lockdown.

Published 22 June 2020

Shelter Scotland sounds eviction warning amid rise of unemployment

New figures which reveal an increase in Scotland's unemployment rate “make grim reading” and warrant an extension to the temporary measures put in place to prevent eviction for rent arrears.

Published 16 June 2020

Blog: Scotland needs 53,000 affordable homes

After last weeks’ launch of Affordable Housing Need in Scotland Post-2021, Callum Chomczuk, Sally Thomas and Alison Watson press the case for 53,000 new affordable homes.

Published 15 June 2020

Alison Watson: Coronavirus crisis is no time for compromises

Scotland has some of the most progressive housing legislation in the world, but structural, political and financial failures have meant we've yet to change the reality for most homeless people, says Shelter Scotland director Alison Watson.

Published 12 June 2020

Shelter Scotland: Affordable housing – what is the need?

In the wake of new research launched in partnership with the Scottish Federation of Housing Associations (SFHA) and CIH Scotland which calls for 53,000 affordable homes to be built over the next five years, Shelter Scotland explains why these homes are desperately needed and building them will help kick-start Scotland's economy too.

Published 11 June 2020

Research calls for post-2020 increase in Scottish affordable housing supply levels

The next Scottish Government has been urged to commit to delivering 53,000 affordable homes over the duration of the next parliament to reduce housing need, tackle child poverty and kick-start the country’s economic recovery from the coronavirus crisis.

Published 9 June 2020

Bereaved renters could face losing their home, Shelter Scotland warns

Housing and homelessness charity Shelter Scotland has exposed a risk to bereaved renters’ homes in cases where people who have moved in with a partner or family member who was a social tenant.

Published 1 June 2020

19 charities call for triple-lock to end rough sleeping

Nineteen influential charity sector organisations working to end homelessness will present a joint plan to the Scottish Government today based around three key asks that experts and academics believe could permanently end rough sleeping and destitution in Scotland as the country emerges from the pandemic.

Published 21 May 2020