Shelter Scotland

New investment model launched to deliver 1,000 affordable homes

A new investment vehicle has been launched that will provide up to 1,000 affordable homes for rent across Scotland.

Published 13 October 2015

Blog: It’s time to deliver real security for Scotland’s private renters

James Battye at Shelter Scotland says renting in Scotland needs to change.

Published 12 October 2015

Blog: 12,000 affordable homes needed to meet Scottish housing ambitions

There’s a lot to do to make the Scottish housing market meet the needs and expectations of people in Scotland. There’s the challenge of an ageing population and making sure the homes we have are right for older citizens. There’s the need to protect fragile rural communities by ensuring there’s a mix of housing provision. Making our homes more energy efficient; improving private renting; supporting better neighbourhoods – all important priorities.

Published 9 October 2015

Private Housing (Tenancies) Bill draws mixed response

Attempts by the Scottish Government to provide “more security, stability and predictability” to tenants renting in the private rented sector (PRS) have been broadly welcomed, though concerns have been raised proposals may harm investment in the sector.

Published 8 October 2015

Sector calls for 12,000 new affordable homes a year in Scotland

The level of need for affordable housing in Scotland is double what is currently being delivered, according to a new report published today by three of Scotland’s leading housing organisations.

Published 5 October 2015

Blog: Universal Credit has landed

In a guest blog for Shelter Scotland, Kirsty McKechnie, welfare rights worker for Child Poverty Action Group (CPAG) in Scotland, gives the story so far for Universal Credit.

Published 2 October 2015

Homelessness down but children in temporary accommodation up 15 per cent

The number of children in temporary accommodation in Scotland has increased by 626 in a year, official figures have shown.

Published 30 September 2015

TV star George Clarke joins search for Scotland’s empty homes champions

Nominations are being sought across Scotland to find the country’s empty homes champions.

Published 15 September 2015

Cycling enthusiasts to repeat Borders Loop Challenge for Shelter Scotland

A team of cycling enthusiasts is once more taking on the gruelling challenge of cycling 101 miles in a day to raise funds for housing and homelessness charity Shelter Scotland.

Published 10 September 2015

Report highlights need for investment in housing support for prison-leavers

A new report on the link between homelessness and re-offending has called for housing to be made a priority in the forthcoming National Strategy for Community Justice in Scotland.

Published 10 September 2015

Sector calls for Scottish Government to increase affordable homes target

The Scottish Federation of Housing Associations (SFHA) has called for Scotland’s affordable housing target to be increased in order to meet housing need across the country.

Published 9 September 2015

Blog: A housing crisis with a human cost

By Alison Watson at Shelter Scotland

Published 8 September 2015

Landlords urged to fit carbon monoxide detectors ahead of law change

Housing and homelessness charity Shelter Scotland is urging landlords to install carbon monoxide alarms in their properties ahead of a change in the law.

Published 7 September 2015

Housing minister meets charity shop volunteer award winner

Housing minister Margaret Burgess visited Shelter Scotland’s Prestwick Shop last week to meet and congratulate volunteer Fiona Burnett after she won a national award for her charitable work.

Published 7 September 2015

Blog: Reform for private renting long overdue

By Lisa Glass at Shelter Scotland

Published 2 September 2015