Shelter Scotland

Blog: It’s complicated: How we could do better for people with complex needs

By Emma Dore, senior policy officer at Shelter Scotland

Published 11 July 2016

Blog: From Postcards to Postings – dodgy digital ‘To Rent’ ads are here

By Bryan Powell, private landlord support officer at Shelter Scotland

Published 8 July 2016

Blog: Time to ensure that life at the hard end does not get worse

By James Battye, policy officer with Shelter Scotland

Published 5 July 2016

Over £110m worth of empty homes brought back into use in 12 months

The value of long-term private empty homes brought back into use across Scotland in the last year exceeded £110 million, according to a new report.

Published 4 July 2016

Mummified cat and loose teeth among donations made to Shelter Scotland shops

A full dominatrix set, a china doll with a lock of human hair glued under its clothes, a mummified cat, loose teeth with the roots still attached and 40 life-sized plastic pigeons are just some of the strange donations made to Scotland’s national housing and homelessness charity.

Published 21 June 2016

Blog: Implementing ‘Right to Rent’ immigration checks in Scotland: a recipe for confusion, complexity and discrimination?

There is fear that the UK government’s latest round of immigration reforms could increase discrimination against some people wanting to rent privately and ride roughshod over Scottish housing law.

Published 14 June 2016

Majority of under 45s say housing crisis has put their life on hold

More than one million 18-44 year-olds in Scotland say housing problems are forcing them to stall life milestones such as a career, children and retirement, according to new research issued today.

Published 6 June 2016

Blog: Expanding knowledge through volunteering

Paul Stewart blogs about his experiences volunteering on Shelter Scotland’s Digital Advice Team.

Published 3 June 2016

Charity bemoans ‘shocking scale’ of DHP recipients

New Discretionary Housing Payments (DHP) statistics from the Scottish Government reveal the “shocking scale” of people struggling to pay housing costs, according to Shelter Scotland.

Published 1 June 2016

Blog: At home in your own home – letting agents and renting

By Ellie Hutchinson, private renting project manager at Shelter Scotland

Published 30 May 2016

First Minister sets out programme for government

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has outlined a comprehensive programme for the Scottish Government including early action to prepare for new social security powers and delivering 50,000 affordable homes over the parliament.

Published 26 May 2016

Cyclists saddle up to raise £10,000 to help homeless people

Cycling enthusiasts from across Scotland are set to descend on Kelso to take on the gruelling challenge of cycling either 50 or 100 miles to raise money to help homeless and badly housed people in Scotland.

Published 24 May 2016

Blog: The impact of welfare changes for single young people

In a guest blog for Shelter Scotland, Janice Blenkinsopp talks about her research into the housing options for the often overlooked demographic of low-income adults aged 25-34 following recent welfare changes and the potential implications for our understanding of what it means to be an adult in modern day Scotland.

Published 18 May 2016

Charity bemoans ‘perfect storm’ of financial challenges as Aberdeen rent arrears top £2m

Shelter Scotland has urged struggling tenants to seek help after it was revealed that Aberdeen City Council is owed more than £2 million in rent payments.

Published 16 May 2016

Blog: The role of social letting agents should be expanded in Scotland

By Ellie Hutchinson, private renting project manager at Shelter Scotland

Published 12 May 2016