Shelter Scotland

Blog: A crucial step towards a secure future for Scotland’s private renters

Shelter Scotland policy officer, James Battye, reflects on last week’s passing of the Private Housing (Tenancies) (Scotland) Bill.

Published 23 March 2016

Concerns raised as evictions increase by 18 per cent

Cases involving the eviction of tenants from a rented property in Scotland rose in 2014-15 for the second year in a row, according to the latest figures.

Published 21 March 2016

Private Tenancies Bill passed by Scottish Parliament

New legislation that will modernise the private rented sector (PRS) was passed last night by the Scottish Parliament.

Published 18 March 2016

New affordable home completions up 19 per cent

The number of affordable homes delivered by the end of December 2015 rose by 19 per cent on the previous year, officials figures have confirmed.

Published 16 March 2016

Campaigners urge political parties to make welfare a priority

The Scottish Campaign on Welfare Reform (SCoWR) has written to political candidates across Scotland to ask them to commit to using new powers to create a fairer social security system.

Published 15 March 2016

Shelter Scotland launches new partnership with Castle Huntly

Prisoners at HMP Castle Huntly are being offered the chance of a housing advice placement in the Dundee offices of Shelter Scotland.

Published 14 March 2016

Scotland’s homelessness services ‘under threat’ due to council budget cuts

A perfect storm of cuts to local authority budgets and changes to the way temporary accommodation is funded threatens to undermine much of the progress Scotland has made on homelessness over the past decade, Shelter Scotland has warned.

Published 8 March 2016

New Housing Options guidance published

New guidance has been issued to support the development of Housing Options approaches in Scotland’s local authorities.

Published 4 March 2016

Shelter Scotland launches advice hub for private renters

A new online hub has been launched to help renters in Scotland’s private rented sector navigate their rights and responsibilities.

Published 1 March 2016

Scottish Government responds to Housing and Wellbeing Commission report

The Scottish Government has agreed with the Commission on Housing and Wellbeing that housing is fundamental to the wellbeing, fairness and prosperity of the country and has vowed to undertake a number of measures in line with the Commission’s recommendations.

Published 24 February 2016

Blog: Support for private landlords in Lochaber

Shelter Scotland’s private landlord support officer, Bryan Powell, details how he works to improve the private rented sector in Lochaber.

Published 24 February 2016

Budding volunteers urged to leap into action to help homeless

Scotland’s national housing and homelessness charity is calling on kind-hearted Scots to donate this year’s Leap Day – Monday 29th February – by volunteering in one of its nationwide shops.

Published 24 February 2016

Blog: Success – Housing at the heart of Community Justice

Emma Dore, senior policy officer at Shelter Scotland, considers the role housing plays in delivering Community Justice.

Published 23 February 2016

Dundee and Angus join forces to tackle problem of empty homes

A new partnership has been launched to tackle the problem of empty homes across Dundee and Angus.

Published 23 February 2016

Blog: The private tenancies bill: one step closer to genuine security of tenure?

As the Private Housing (Tenancies) (Scotland) Bill moves at a pace through the infrastructure and capital investment committee, James Battye, policy officer at Shelter Scotland, discusses how things will change for the 330,000 households renting from private landlords across Scotland.

Published 18 February 2016