Shelter Scotland

Building more social homes could add billions to Scotland’s post-pandemic economic recovery, says former RBS chief economist

The economic and wellbeing case for building more social homes in Scotland has been laid out in a major new report by Stephen Boyle, former chief economist at the Royal Bank of Scotland.

Published 28 September 2020

Shelter Scotland: 70,000 children on social housing waiting lists

An estimated 70,000 children in Scotland are waiting for social homes, according to new analysis from published today by Shelter Scotland which is calling for 37,100 new social rented homes to be built to help tackle the issue.

Published 21 September 2020

Unsuitable accommodation backtrack a 'betrayal' of promises to homeless people

A Scottish Government decision to delay its own commitment to extend suitable accommodation laws to cover all homeless people is a “betrayal” of its promises, Shelter Scotland has said.

Published 4 September 2020

Programme for Government: Scottish Government 'disappoints' on social housing and renter support

The Scottish Government is to establish a £10 million Tenant Hardship Loan Fund to help those struggling to pay rent during the coronavirus crisis.

Published 2 September 2020

Shelter Scotland shops receive 3,000 'bags of kindness' a week since reopening

Shelter Scotland is thanking supporters for donating on average 3,000 bags of clothes and other items to its charity shops every week since they reopened.  

Published 1 September 2020

Homelessness in Scotland rises by 4% while use of temporary accommodation reaches record high

Charities have called on ministers to “uphold their promises” to homeless people and continue the structural systems change required to end homelessness "at pace" after new statistics revealed the scale of the housing emergency at the beginning of the coronavirus crisis.

Published 28 August 2020

Child payment benefit to start in February

Low-income families in Scotland with a child under six will be able to apply for £10 per child, per week to assist with living costs from November, with payments to start from the end of February.

Published 21 August 2020

Extension of protections ‘give breathing space’ to tenants facing eviction

Charities have welcomed First Minister Nicola Sturgeon’s confirmation that the Scottish Government is looking at extending emergency restrictions on evictions due to the impact of coronavirus until March 2021.

Published 13 August 2020

Scottish Government 'falls short' of providing clarity and reassurance to tenants, says Shelter Scotland

Shelter Scotland has said that the Scottish Government's decision to extend some but not all of the provisions of the emergency coronavirus legislation does not provide clarity and reassurance to tenants.

Published 12 August 2020

Unemployment figures ‘further evidence of need for eviction measures’

Scotland's unemployment rate increased by 0.4 percentage points to 4.5% from April to June this year, leading to further calls for the extension of eviction prevention measures.

Published 11 August 2020

350 eviction notices served by landlords since lockdown

Landlords in Scotland have served 350 notices instructing people to leave their homes since the beginning of lockdown, exacerbating fears of a “tidal wave of evictions” when courts re-open.

Published 10 August 2020

Benefit cap hit 76% more Scottish households over lockdown

The number of Scottish households hit by the benefit cap increased by 76% in the first two months of lockdown, according to new statistics released by the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government yesterday.

Published 7 August 2020

Government planning proposals ‘at odds’ with announcement on generating growth and supporting jobs

Industry body Homes for Scotland (HFS) has welcomed the Scottish Government plans to “generate significant economic growth, combined with a focus on supporting jobs, skills and training” but warned that new proposals on planning contradicted such intentions.

Published 6 August 2020

Shelter Scotland warns of ‘tidal wave’ of evictions amid crisis grants increase

Shelter Scotland has reiterated its call for an extension to the current eviction protections amid a 40% increase in applications for crisis grants.

Published 5 August 2020

Shelter Scotland appoints Gillian Reid as assistant director of operations

The housing and homelessness charity Shelter Scotland has appointed Gillian Reid to its senior leadership team as its new assistant director for operations.

Published 30 July 2020