UK: Charities respond to calls to remove homeless people from streets before royal wedding

Homeless charities have said that police should not use anti-social behaviour powers against rough sleepers after a local authority leader called for legal action to be taken to remove homeless people from Windsor before the royal wedding in May.

Published 4 January 2018

One in every 200 people in the UK are homeless, according to Shelter

Shelter and Shelter Scotland have launched an urgent appeal after new analysis revealed the number of people recorded as homeless in Britain has reached a staggering 307,000 – more than half the population of Glasgow and the equivalent to one in every 200.

Published 8 November 2017

Blog: DWP’s wilful ignorance over the impact of local housing allowance

Adopting a bunker mentality is flawed when credible warnings are stacking up, says Kate Webb.

Published 27 October 2017

Shelter poll: Majority back proposed energy efficiency rules for private landlords

An overwhelming majority of the public support stricter laws requiring private landlords to bring their properties to a minimum energy efficiency rating before letting them out, according to a new Shelter Scotland report.

Published 27 June 2017

Blog: Universal Credit: Rollout speeds up but leaves problems in its wake

A key parliamentary committee has re-launched an inquiry into Universal Credit after receiving disturbing evidence of the problems encountered by tenants from councils. Heather Spurr believes the UK government should use the opportunity to listen to the concerns of tenants and landlords who are dealing with the worrying fallout of the once ‘flagship’ welfare reform.

Published 1 March 2017

Shelter appoints Graeme Brown as interim chief executive

Graeme Brown, director of Shelter Scotland, has been appointed Shelter’s interim chief executive by the Board of trustees following the announcement that Campbell Robb is to step down as chief executive at the end of the year.

Published 25 November 2016

Shelter chief executive Campbell Robb to join Joseph Rowntree Foundation

Campbell Robb is to leave his position as chief executive at Shelter after being appointed as the new chief executive of the Joseph Rowntree Foundation (JRF) and the Joseph Rowntree Housing Trust (JRHT).

Published 7 October 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

Ayrshire Housing staff wear their slippers for charity

This Christmas morning, 100,000 children in Britain will wake up without a home.

Published 4 December 2015

Wear your slippers to work to help homeless children this Christmas

Shelter is calling on the British public to take part a slippers campaign in an effort to help the 100,000 children in Britain who will wake up homeless this Christmas.

Published 25 November 2015

17 per cent rise in calls to Shelter Scotland homeless helpline

The number of calls handled by Shelter Scotland’s free national helpline rose again this year as the housing charity revealed that every 18 minutes a household in Scotland is assessed as homeless - 81 a day.

Published 19 November 2015

Conference to focus on £4.3 billion waste of Scotland’s empty homes

The potential value of Scotland’s empty homes is a staggering £4.3 billion, according to the organisation tasked with bringing them back into use.

Published 17 November 2015

Comedy stars to stand up for Shelter

Stars from the world of stand-up – including Irish funny man Tommy Tiernan and critically-feted character comedy duo Max and Ivan - are coming to the Edinburgh Fringe in aid of housing and homelessness charity Shelter.

Published 23 July 2015

Blog: The UK government can cut less than £12bn from benefits – and still meet its welfare target

By Adam van Lohuizen, senior economic analyst at Shelter

Published 29 May 2015

Queen’s Speech – Mixed reaction to English Housing Bill

The UK government unveiled more details of its Housing Bill during the Queen’s Speech yesterday but the plans have been greeted with a mixed reaction.

Published 28 May 2015