Shelter Scotland

Shelter Scotland calls for emergency powers to protect us all during the pandemic

Emergency measures are required to ensure everyone has a safe place to call home during the coronavirus pandemic and after, according to Shelter Scotland.

Published 27 March 2020

Jessica Husbands: Coronavirus - how do you stay at home if you don't have one?

Jessica Husbands from Shelter Scotland discusses the issue of homelessness in the UK during the current COVID-19 lockdown.

Published 27 March 2020

More than a million Scots struggling with poverty before coronavirus outbreak

New poverty statistics have revealed that around one in five Scots were living in poverty before the COVID-19 outbreak hit.

Published 27 March 2020

Shelter Scotland appoints Alison Watson as new director

Shelter Scotland has appointed its current deputy director Alison Watson as director.

Published 26 March 2020

Charities issue plea to prevent COVID-19 evictions from UK asylum accommodation

A coalition of charities has called on Mears, Serco and the Home Office requesting an end to evictions from asylum accommodation during the COVID-19 crisis.

Published 26 March 2020

Local Housing Allowance increase ‘couldn’t be more welcome’

Chancellor Rishi Sunak’s decision to ensure the Local Housing Allowance is guaranteed to cover at least 30% of market rents in a claimant’s area has been welcomed by Shelter Scotland.

Published 24 March 2020

Charity awarded £300k to provide hotel accommodation for rough sleepers

Simon Community Scotland has been awarded £300,000 of Scottish Government funding to purchase hotel accommodation to house homeless people in Edinburgh and Glasgow to keep them safe during the coronavirus pandemic.

Published 23 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 to prioritise homelessness ahead of UK budget

As Rishi Sunak prepares to deliver his first budget speech as UK Chancellor, Shelter Scotland is calling for any unallocated funds which come to Scotland to be invested in homelessness.

Published 10 March 2020

Living Rent launches charter to end Universal Credit evictions

Tenants’ union Living Rent has continued its campaign for housing associations in Glasgow to commit to not carry out evictions stemming from debts caused by Universal Credit with the launch of a new charter.

Published 5 March 2020

Jessica Husbands: Hidden homelessness: Hidden from sight, from evidence, and hiding yourself

Hidden homelessness can mean being hidden from sight, it can mean hidden from evidence, and it can also mean hiding your true self in order to access services, explains Shelter Scotland’s policy advocacy officer Jessica Husbands.

Published 5 March 2020

Trade body’s claims of no link between short-term lets and housing crisis refuted

Shelter Scotland has rejected claims from a self-catering trade body that there is no link between Scotland’s housing crisis and the short-term letting industry.

Published 25 February 2020

Report outlines ten-point plan to prevent lock-change evictions

Immediate and fundamental reform of the asylum system is required to prevent lock-change evictions, destitution and street homelessness of some of the most vulnerable people in Scotland, according to a new report.

Published 14 February 2020

Jessica Husbands: New homelessness statistics show continued failure to meet statutory duties

Shelter Scotland's policy advocacy officer Jessica Husbands offers an in-depth analysis of the latest homelessness statistics from the Scottish Government.

Published 6 February 2020

Scotland records highest rate of homeless deaths in UK with 195 fatalities in a year

Scotland registered an estimated 195 deaths of people experiencing homelessness in 2018, the highest rate of homeless deaths in the UK, according to new figures.

Published 5 February 2020