Shelter Scotland

New partnership breathes new life into Inverclyde’s empty properties

A new project has been launched to tackle long-term privately-owned empty homes in Inverclyde.

Published 7 February 2018

Blog: What do the latest homelessness stats tell us?

With progress on homelessness slowing according to the latest figures, Aoife Deery looks behind the stats to find out why, and see what can be done.

Published 5 February 2018

Blog: Are we on the way to finally eradicating fuel poverty?

With the previous target to eradicate fuel poverty by November 2016 dramatically missed, Shelter Scotland wants to see stronger ambition this time round.

Published 2 February 2018

Fuel poverty campaigners call for more ambitious targets

Housing campaigners are calling for the Scottish Government to introduce tougher targets to end fuel poverty.

Published 1 February 2018

Website for private tenants and landlords upgraded and relaunched

A free online resource giving tenants and landlords a comprehensive guide to private renting in Scotland was officially relaunched yesterday following a total overhaul.

Published 31 January 2018

£1.6m funding boost for homelessness and housing projects

Grants totalling £1.6 million will fund innovative services aimed at tackling homelessness and improving housing, particularly for the most vulnerable.

Published 22 January 2018

Blog: A new year, a new start. What next for housing in Scotland?

Shelter Scotland policy officer Lisa Glass looks at what the year ahead holds in store for housing in Scotland.

Published 10 January 2018

Warrior chainmail costume on the frontline of Shelter Scotland’s Stockbridge January launch

Today’s the day that the discerning charity shop bargain-hunter makes their way to the doors of Shelter Scotland’s store in Edinburgh’s Stockbridge.

Published 3 January 2018

Fife becomes first local authority to back Shelter Scotland’s Far From Fixed homeless campaign

Fife Council has become the first local authority in Scotland to sign-up to a major national campaign aimed at tackling homelessness.

Published 13 December 2017

Help to Buy disproportionately helping larger housebuilders, analysis reveals

Critics of the Scottish Help to Buy scheme have called for the policy to be scrapped after an investigation revealed just three high volume housebuilders have received around £189 million in subsidised mortgages between them.

Published 5 December 2017

Don’t make homelessness a Christmas tradition, says Shelter Scotland

As the annual festive season accelerates toward fever-pitch, Shelter Scotland is warning that for many people in Scotland, Christmas and New Year will bring very little comfort and joy and that unless homelessness is fixed it will become an all too familiar and unwanted tradition.

Published 5 December 2017

New dawn for Scotland’s private renters as new Private Residential Tenancy comes into force

Sweeping new private renting laws that will significantly affect the rights of Scotland’s 760,000 private renters come into force today.

Published 1 December 2017

Shelter Scotland laments ‘alarming’ increase of Discretionary Housing Payments

The director of housing and homelessness charity Shelter Scotland, Graeme Brown, has raised concerns over the future sustainability of Discretionary Housing Payments (DHPs) after new figures revealed that the average value of payments made via the scheme has increased by more than 25%.

Published 29 November 2017

Legal aid spending on housing cases has wider benefits for Scotland’s health, wealth and happiness

Legal aid spending in housing cases, such as evictions due to rent or mortgage arrears, can generate a return which benefits both the recipient and wider society, new research found.

Published 29 November 2017

Chancellor announces £1.5bn package to improve Universal Credit

The UK government has announced significant changes to Universal Credit including scrapping the seven day waiting period before a person can apply.

Published 23 November 2017