Blog: ‘An opportunity that must not be missed’ – council tax reform in Scotland and beyond

Scotland’s Commission on Local Tax Reform has released its report – recommending the abolition and replacement of the current council tax system. Few would argue that council tax in its current form is particularly sensible or fair, so what happens next ahead of Scotland’s May elections should be of interest far beyond Holyrood.

Published 15 December 2015

Blog: Stats show over 65,000 in housing need

In 2014-15, over 65,000 different households in Scotland approached their local authority for help with housing, either through the housing options service (58,825 approaches) or the homelessness route (35,764 applications).

Published 14 December 2015

Blog: 12,000 affordable homes: boosting Scotland’s economy, driving social justice

Affordable house building is a key driver of Scotland’s economy, writes James Battye, policy officer at Shelter Scotland.

Published 14 December 2015

Blog: Do sanctions really help homeless people find work?

At Crisis we know it is possible for homeless people to find and sustain meaningful employment, and in doing so to rebuild their lives. But new research we have published finds that the conditionality and sanctions regime instead makes it much harder for homeless people to find work.

Published 14 December 2015

Blog: New research shows emerging threats to Scotland’s progress on homelessness

The Scottish Government blazed a trail in tackling homelessness, but there is no room for complacency, writes Jon Sparkes, chief executive at Crisis.

Published 9 December 2015

Blog: Homes for People

Our society is facing major challenges in responding to the consequences of a housing crisis with poor quality housing coupled with a serious lack of affordable housing damaging the health and life chances of thousands of people in Scotland.

Published 27 November 2015

Blog: Delivering Planning Reform – Time for Change

There is no doubt that the planning system in Scotland is indeed of urgent reform.

Published 24 November 2015

Blog: Homes: Let’s raise the debate

A second Scottish Parliament debate on housing in the space of 3 months shows just how much housing is working its way up the political agenda.

Published 23 November 2015

Blog: Remembering Mary Barbour and the Glasgow Rent Strikes

The 17th November saw the 100th anniversary of the Glasgow Rent Strikes.  In this blog, Shelter Scotland’s Housing Adviser, Jenny Love, tells us about the woman behind it – housing campaigner, Mary Barbour.

Published 23 November 2015

Blog: Aye welcome refugees - By Mhairi Black

Helping the homeless people on our streets and helping those who are suffering unimaginable tragedies in their home countries are not mutually exclusive. It is not a choice between one or the other.

Published 19 November 2015

Advertorial: Double S Events Announces Masquerade Ball Forged In The Great Italian Tradition

The creator of Scotland’s most innovative design and architecture events today announces a fresh new approach to bringing together the country’s construction industry – Il Ballo del Doge, a Masquerade Ball in the grandest of Italian traditions.

Published 16 November 2015

Blog: What we learnt at SNP conference

Over the past month, the Crisis policy team has been to Liberal Democrat, Labour, Conservative and SNP conferences, meeting politicians, going to fringe events and listening to debates and has been blogging about their experiences at each.

Published 28 October 2015

The Rise and Fall of Glasgow’s Red Road Flats, Part 2: Failed Post-War Visions?

This guest post for Municipal Dreams by Gerry Mooney of The Open University in Scotland follows up yesterday’s post on the historical context of Glasgow’s post-war housing.

Published 27 October 2015

Blog: Tarring all landlords as rogues is unfair and counter-productive

Dan Cookson responds to Govan Law Centre principal solicitor Mike Dailly’s suggestion that an unequal relationship between tenants and landlords means many of the former are leading lives of misery.

Published 27 October 2015

Blog: Help spread some festive cheer

Amanda Collins from Shelter Scotland on this year’s Social Media Santa campaign

Published 27 October 2015