Not-so Temporary Accommodation

Continuing this year's Homeless Spotlight feature, Shelter Scotland's senior policy officer, Emma Dore, takes a detailed look at the charity's report into the use of temporary accommodation in Scotland which revealed that Scottish children spent nearly one million days homeless during 2015.

Published 26 January 2016

The Life of PIE

In the first installment of this year's Homeless Spotlight feature, Ypeople, the trading name of YMCA Glasgow, showcases its ground breaking Pathways service in South Lanarkshire, which supports people with highly complex needs and is the first service in Scotland to be based on the principle of a psychologically informed environment.

Published 25 January 2016

Blog: What do students really think about tenancy reform?

In a guest blog for Shelter Scotland, Vonnie Sandlan of NUS Scotland looks at what students want from new legislation on private renting.

Published 22 January 2016

Blog: Tenants bill risks wrecking student sector

For thousands studying at Scottish universities each year, the vital task of safely securing a place to live for the next academic term treads a well-worn path; one that’s about to be an unintended casualty of new legislation that’s current going through the Scottish Parliament, according to PRS 4 Scotland spokesman Dan Cookson.

Published 20 January 2016

Blog: Private Rented Sector reforms still put landlords and investors first

Welcome as they are, the Scottish Government’s package of reforms to the Private Rented Sector (PRS) just don’t go far enough, writes Tony Cain, policy manager for the Association of Local Authority Chief Housing Officers (ALACHO).

Published 19 January 2016

Blog: All change for 2016 at CIH Scotland

Annie Mauger, executive director for the devolved nations and Republic of Ireland, explains what the organisation’s structural changes mean for members in Scotland.

Published 11 January 2016

Blog: Busy year ahead for Joint Housing Policy and Delivery Group

Tom Barclay, co-chair of the Joint Housing Policy and Delivery Group reflects on 2015 and looks ahead to the next 12 months.

Published 8 January 2016

Blog: A budget for homes?

By Rosemary Brotchie, policy and research manager at Shelter Scotland

Published 21 December 2015

Blog: A long time ago in a charity shop not so far away…

“I don’t know how Shelter Scotland get it so right!”

Published 17 December 2015

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