The number of Scottish households hit by the benefit cap increased by 76% in the first two months of lockdown, according to new statistics released by the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government yesterday.
Industry body Homes for Scotland (HFS) has welcomed the Scottish Government plans to “generate significant economic growth, combined with a focus on supporting jobs, skills and training” but warned that new proposals on planning contradicted such intentions. Announcing its decision to ac
Shelter Scotland has reiterated its call for an extension to the current eviction protections amid a 40% increase in applications for crisis grants. New figures from the Scottish Welfare Fund show there were 21,709 applications for crisis grants in June 2020, and a total spend of £1,310,8
The housing and homelessness charity Shelter Scotland has appointed Gillian Reid to its senior leadership team as its new assistant director for operations. Ms Reid joined the charity in March 2018 as operations manager before becoming national services manager in September that year.
Shelter Scotland has urged the Scottish Government to “act swiftly” to extend eviction protections after new figures revealed a decrease in the number of Scots in employment and high numbers of income support. The latest Labour Market Statistics from the Office for National Statistics (O
The Scottish Government has accepted the full set of recommendations by the Homelessness and Rough Sleeping Action Group (HARSAG) in principle, housing minister Kevin Stewart MSP has announced. Mr Stewart asked Crisis chief executive Jon Sparkes to reconvene HARSAG at the beginning of June to make r
The threshold at which Land and Buildings Transaction Tax (LBTT) is paid will be raised from £145,000 to £250,000 as the Scottish Government steps up efforts to support homebuyers and help the economy recover from the impact of coronavirus.
Having contributed to a report by the Scottish Federation of Housing Associations (SFHA), Shelter Scotland, and the Chartered Institute of Housing (CIH) Scotland which called for the Scottish Government to commit to delivering 53,000 affordable homes, Dr Philip O’Brien and Dr Richard Dunning r
Scottish councils have been urged to make empty homes work a cornerstone of post-pandemic recovery after a record number of privately-owned vacant properties were brought back into use last year. In its 10th annual report, the Scottish Empty Homes Partnership (SEHP) announced that 1,412 previou
The Scottish Government should accelerate investment in affordable housing and introduce a Scottish jobs guarantee in partnership with business as part of its recovery from the coronavirus pandemic. Led by ex-Tesco Bank boss Benny Higgins, the Advisory Group on Economic Recovery was tasked with
The Legal Services Agency (LSA) is hosting virtual meetings to allow lawyers in the social justice sector to connect during lockdown. The next one is at 4pm this Thursday and will include short presentations from the Equality and Human Rights Commission and Shelter Scotland.
After last weeks’ launch of Affordable Housing Need in Scotland Post-2021, Callum Chomczuk, Sally Thomas and Alison Watson press the case for 53,000 new affordable homes. CIH Scotland, SFHA and Shelter Scotland are calling on the Scottish Government to build 53,000 affordable homes over the ne