Shelter Scotland



Lisa Borthwick: Are you with us? The campaign for housing rights in Scotland

Shelter Scotland’s Lisa Borthwick on the charity’s new campaign for housing rights in Scotland, including the launch of a public petition to embed the human right to housing fully in Scottish law.

Published 29 August 2019

Val McDermid backs new Shelter Scotland campaign to get right to a home enshrined in Scottish Law

Best-selling Scottish crime writer Val McDermid has backed a major new campaign by Shelter Scotland which aims to secure the legal right to a decent home for everyone in the country.

Published 27 August 2019

Housing providers unite to tackle leading cause of women’s homelessness

New guidance has been launched today to help social landlords and local authority housing providers offer a safer and more consistent approach to domestic abuse – the number one cause of women and children’s homelessness in Scotland.

Published 26 August 2019

Solicitors cast doubt on court action against council over homelessness strategy

A judicial review of Glasgow City Council's homelessness strategy is unlikely to result in meaningful change, solicitors have said.

Published 21 August 2019

Glasgow City Council threatened with court action over homelessness failures

Shelter Scotland has threatened to take Glasgow City Council to court unless over what the charity describes as ‘gatekeeping’ and systemic failures within the city’s homelessness services.

Published 19 August 2019

Fifty lock-change evictions blocked by Glasgow Sheriff Court

The fight against Serco’s lock-change evictions in Glasgow continues with fifty evictions now blocked by Glasgow Sheriff Court.

Published 9 August 2019

Scots back action against owners of empty homes but almost half say they wouldn’t report one

A majority of Scots agree that empty homes lead to a reduction in the amount of available housing and believe private owners of empty homes should be pressured to bring them back into use, according to new opinion polling.

Published 31 July 2019

‘Housing emergency’ and cost of living to blame as applications for crisis grants soar

Applications for crisis grants from the Scottish Welfare Fund increased by 11% in 2018/19 as the cost of living crisis and Scotland’s “housing emergency” saw more people turn to the fund for help.

Published 31 July 2019

Fringe comedy stars to raise the roof for Shelter Scotland

Half a dozen of the comedy world’s finest rib-ticklers have signed-up to bring in the laughs and the cash for Shelter Scotland at this year’s Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Published 22 July 2019

Reversing the Tide: Putting Rights at the Heart of Homelessness and Social Security

By Shelter Scotland campaigns & policy officer Aoife Deery

Published 16 July 2019

Far-right group accused of targeting homeless people in Glasgow

Homelessness charities have raised concerns that a nationalist far-right group is targeting some of Glasgow's most vulnerable people with their propaganda.

Published 16 July 2019

Consultation reveals support for changes to intentionality homelessness legislation

New legislation to remove the duty on local authorities to test if someone's homelessness application was ‘intentional’ will come into effect from November, the Scottish Government has confirmed.

Published 11 July 2019

Serco and Home Office urged to halt lock change notices until legal clarification

A coalition of charities has urged Serco to bring an end to its lock-change evictions of asylum seekers, days before the private housing provider is expected to enter the first premises in Glasgow, until the legality of the action is clarified in law.

Published 10 July 2019

Call for action to reduce Scottish social housing evictions as progress stalls

Progress in reducing evictions within Scotland’s social housing sector has levelled off in the last few years, with the number of evictions increasing by 44% between 2013/14 and 2017/18.

Published 5 July 2019

Government urged to address ‘housing emergency’ as homeless applications rise to 100 a day

Homelessness applications in Scotland rose by 3% to 100 a day in the past year while the number of households and children in temporary accommodation also increased, new figures have revealed.

Published 27 June 2019