Shelter Scotland

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

Shelter Scotland director Graeme Brown steps down

Graeme Brown has announced his intention to step down as director of Shelter Scotland after almost 12 years in the role.

Published 30 January 2020

Homeless rights in Scotland denied ‘on an industrial scale’

Scottish local authorities are failing to deliver their legal obligations to homeless people on an industrial scale according to Shelter Scotland in the wake of new official statistics published today.

Published 28 January 2020

New Alliance to tackle homelessness and rough sleeping in Glasgow

Glasgow City Council is to establish a new Alliance to work towards its aim of achieving a 75% reduction in rough sleeping by the end of the year and ending it completely by 2030.

Published 27 January 2020

Edinburgh appoints empty homes officer

The City of Edinburgh Council has boosted its ability to tackle the waste of long-term vacant, privately-owned homes with the appointment of a dedicated empty homes officer. 

Published 22 January 2020

Concern as number of households in fuel poverty rose by 36,000

The number of Scottish households living in fuel poverty increased by 36,000 during 2018, though the level of extreme fuel poverty has continued to fall, official figures have revealed.

Published 21 January 2020

Shelter Scotland hails ‘major victory’ as it drops Glasgow homelessness legal action

Shelter Scotland has revealed its intention to drop legal action taken against Glasgow City Council over homelessness after the announcement of a historic intervention by the Scottish Housing Regulator (SHR).

Published 15 January 2020

Councils empowered to introduce short-term lets control areas

Local authorities are to be given new powers to regulate short-term lets where they decide this is in the interests of local communities, under measures to be introduced by the Scottish Government.

Published 9 January 2020

Quarter of Scots worried about paying rent or mortgage, study finds

Hundreds of thousands of Scottish adults are struggling to pay rent or mortgage costs, a new survey by YouGov for Shelter Scotland has found.

Published 8 January 2020

City of Edinburgh Council backs Shelter Scotland campaign

The City of Edinburgh Council has voiced its support for Shelter Scotland's campaign to have the right to a decent home enshrined in Scots law.

Published 6 January 2020

Shelter Scotland launches annual sale at Stockbridge store

Shoppers in-the-know descended upon Shelter Scotland's Stockbridge shop on Friday in what has become an annual ‘must-attend’ event for bargain-hunters.

Published 6 January 2020

Scottish Government launches £150m First Home Fund

A new national pilot scheme which aims to help thousands of first-time buyers with the deposit for a new home has opened for applications.

Published 18 December 2019

North Ayrshire Council hailed for empty homes initiative

North Ayrshire Council has been congratulated for its outstanding efforts to bring empty homes back into use.

Published 18 December 2019