Shelter Scotland

Stuart Cosgrove to chair virtual housing hustings for Shelter Scotland

Journalist and broadcaster Stuart Cosgrove is to chair a virtual housing ‘hustings’ where members of the top five political parties will face questions from the public on bad housing and homelessness.

Published 13 April 2021

Homelessness workers to get lawyer-led training on legal rights from Shelter Scotland

Shelter Scotland has announced a new two-year project to empower organisations working on the frontline with people experiencing homelessness.

Published 9 April 2021

Shelter Scotland shops opening up to receive donations

Selected Shelter Scotland charity shops are set to open their doors next week to accept donations ahead of opening to the public on April 26.

Published 7 April 2021

Edinburgh Tenants Federation discusses role and importance of social housing

Members of the Edinburgh Tenants Federation (ETF) attended an organisation meeting earlier this month to find out more about the City of Edinburgh Council’s new house building programme and Shelter Scotland’s social housing campaign Build Scotland’s Future.

Published 29 March 2021

Poverty statistics 'show tenants need more help to clear COVID-19 debts'

Housing charity Shelter Scotland has called on the Scottish Government to improve the support offered to tenants who have got into rent arrears during the pandemic in the wake of new statistics showing the high levels of poverty in Scotland were increasing even before the health crisis hit.

Published 26 March 2021

Homelessness statistics reflect pandemic safety measures as B&B use doubles

Scottish councils doubled their use of bed and breakfast accommodation for people experiencing homelessness during the first few months of lockdown last year as part of the measures taken to protect people during the coronavirus pandemic, new official statistics have revealed.

Published 24 March 2021

Gordon MacRae: When great isn’t good enough

While there is much to commend in the Scottish Government's Housing to 2040 strategy, Shelter Scotland's assistant director for communications and advocacy, Gordon MacRae, said its stated goals represent a shortfall in the minimum number of social homes required to address housing.

Published 23 March 2021

Government vows to support people needing help for addiction who faced losing their home

The Scottish Government has pledged to invest millions of pounds to tackle the ongoing problem facing scores of people who are battling addiction but are being forced to choose between going into residential rehabilitation facilities or keeping their home.

Published 22 March 2021

Support system flaw forces people to choose between residential rehabilitation or keeping home

Scores of people battling with addiction issues are being forced to choose between going into residential rehabilitation facilities or keeping their home, Shelter Scotland has revealed.

Published 17 March 2021

Shelter Scotland voices concerns over lack of suitable homes for homeless people

Scottish ministers have been warned the homelessness system to safeguard people who have suffered domestic and sexual abuse is “struggling to cope” as more than 14,000 Scottish households are “effectively trapped in temporary accommodation”.

Published 15 March 2021

Shelter Scotland welcomes Human Rights Bill's commitment to housing

Proposal for a new Human Rights Bill in Scotland that would include the right to an adequate standard of living – including housing -  have been welcomed by Shelter Scotland.

Published 15 March 2021

#SHN20years: Shelter Scotland

Continuing Scottish Housing News' messages of congratulations for two decades of daily support to Scotland’s social housing sector is Shelter Scotland director Alison Watson.

Published 12 March 2021

Court of Session clarifies the law on fresh homeless applications

In a petition for judicial review of the City of Edinburgh Council’s decision to refuse a fresh homeless application, the Court of Session has held that the council acted unlawfully.

Published 23 February 2021

Gordon MacRae: Do we risk diluting the rights of homeless people?

Shelter Scotland's assistant director for communication & advocacy, Gordon MacRae, said last week's report from the Homelessness Prevention Review Group will not necessarily safeguard and enhance existing homelessness rights and protections.

Published 22 February 2021

Shelter Scotland condemns Scottish Government over failure to protect the homeless

Shelter Scotland has condemned the Scottish Government for its decision to break a promise to homeless people to end the continued use of harmful and substandard temporary accommodation.

Published 16 February 2021