Shelter Scotland

Study reveals annual £28m cost of evicting tenants from social housing

Evicting tenants from social homes cost the public purse at least £28 million in a single year, according to new research published by Shelter Scotland.

Published 7 September 2021

Marginal decrease in households in temporary accommodation as arrears remain steady, Regulator finds

The number of households currently living in temporary accommodation in Scotland has marginally decreased since March 2021 while social landlord levels have remained stable, according to figures from the Scottish Housing Regulator.

Published 11 August 2021

Scottish Government urged to boost plans for social homes following £3.2bn spending announcement

Increased funding for local authorities to deliver more affordable homes has been welcomed but will not be good enough to deliver the number of permanent homes needed across the country, according to Shelter Scotland.

Published 19 July 2021

Scottish SPCA launches Pets and Tenants together campaign

The Scottish SPCA has launched its Pets and Tenants Together campaign, calling for those in council or social housing to be able to keep their pet, alongside Edinburgh Eastern MSP, Ash Denham.

Published 14 July 2021

Green Home Systems unveils new partnership with Shelter Scotland

Energy efficiency specialist Green Home Systems has teamed up with national housing and homeless charity Shelter Scotland in a partnership that aligns both organisations in their joint commitment to help struggling families and individuals live in a safe, secure, and affordable home. Green Home Systems and Shel

Published 1 July 2021

Council homelessness services 'at breaking point' as casework rises 10% 

Homelessness services provided by local authorities may be unable to cope with a future spike in homelessness when pandemic restrictions are lifted, housing charity Shelter Scotland has warned.

Published 30 June 2021

More than 850 empty homes brought back into use but charity warns of risk of Covid impact

A project that works with local councils to tackle the problem of empty homes has supported bringing over 850 empty properties back into use this year, despite restrictions caused by Covid-19 pandemic. 

Published 14 June 2021

More than a third of Scots impacted by Scotland’s ‘broken and biased’ housing system

Research for housing and homelessness charity Shelter Scotland shows 1.5 million adults in Scotland (36%) are currently struggling with the condition, security, suitability, or affordability of their home, or been discriminated against while trying to find it.

Published 26 May 2021

Housing high on the agenda as Evelyn Tweed elected to Scottish Parliament

Former housing professional Evelyn Tweed has succeeded in her bid to become an MSP following the Scottish Parliamentary Elections 2021 last week.

Published 10 May 2021

Andy Knox appointed national legal services manager at Shelter Scotland

Shelter Scotland has appointed Andy Knox as its national legal services manager.

Published 6 May 2021

Unique partnership launched to tackle empty homes in the west of Scotland

Social enterprise letting agency Homes for Good (HfG) and the Scottish Empty Homes Partnership have launched a partnership to address the rising number of empty homes in the west of Scotland through the purchase and letting of empty properties, a fund to refurbish properties, and the recruitment of a dedicated empty homes manager.

Published 29 April 2021

Social housing evictions at lowest level in a decade before pandemic

Eviction actions initiated in Scotland's social housing sector fell to their lowest in the decade prior to the coronavirus pandemic, new statistics have revealed.

Published 28 April 2021

Election: SNP could restrict second-home ownership in tourist hotspots

Potential restrictions on second-home ownership are looming for Scottish tourism hotspots in an effort to make housing more accessible for young people, if the SNP is re-elected.

Published 26 April 2021

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