Shelter Scotland

Alison Watson: Coronavirus crisis is no time for compromises

Scotland has some of the most progressive housing legislation in the world, but structural, political and financial failures have meant we've yet to change the reality for most homeless people, says Shelter Scotland director Alison Watson.

Published 12 June 2020

Shelter Scotland: Affordable housing – what is the need?

In the wake of new research launched in partnership with the Scottish Federation of Housing Associations (SFHA) and CIH Scotland which calls for 53,000 affordable homes to be built over the next five years, Shelter Scotland explains why these homes are desperately needed and building them will help kick-start Scotland's economy too.

Published 11 June 2020

Research calls for post-2020 increase in Scottish affordable housing supply levels

The next Scottish Government has been urged to commit to delivering 53,000 affordable homes over the duration of the next parliament to reduce housing need, tackle child poverty and kick-start the country’s economic recovery from the coronavirus crisis.

Published 9 June 2020

Bereaved renters could face losing their home, Shelter Scotland warns

Housing and homelessness charity Shelter Scotland has exposed a risk to bereaved renters’ homes in cases where people who have moved in with a partner or family member who was a social tenant.

Published 1 June 2020

19 charities call for triple-lock to end rough sleeping

Nineteen influential charity sector organisations working to end homelessness will present a joint plan to the Scottish Government today based around three key asks that experts and academics believe could permanently end rough sleeping and destitution in Scotland as the country emerges from the pandemic.

Published 21 May 2020

Second coronavirus bill ‘must not be end of help for renters’

Renters will face a second calamity if further protection isn’t given to those who build up arrears because of the pandemic, according to Shelter Scotland.

Published 20 May 2020

The Margaret Taylor Interview: Fiona McPhail on how Shelter Scotland’s legal team is fighting for homeless people during the COVID crisis

If anything positive can be taken from the coronavirus pandemic it is that, almost overnight, accommodation was found for large numbers of Scotland’s street-homeless population. As soon as the lockdown was announced charities and local authorities mobilised, hotel rooms were acquired and rough-sleepers were given safe and secure rooms in which to isolate.

Published 19 May 2020

Calls for homelessness prevention plans for early release prisoners

Any plans to stop prisoners from falling into homelessness after early release must be made public, according to Scottish Labour. 

Published 11 May 2020

Unsuitable Accommodation Order extended to all people experiencing homelessness

A plan to ensure that everyone experiencing homelessness has access to suitable quality accommodation has been brought forward in response to the coronavirus outbreak, the Scottish Government has confirmed.

Published 6 May 2020

Scottish Welfare Fund statistics ‘shine spotlight on people in need’

Governments must not lose sight of the underlying reasons behind the increasing reliance on welfare, Shelter Scotland has warned after new statistics revealed an increase in awards by the Scottish Welfare Fund.

Published 29 April 2020

Gillian Reid: Time for Change? Now more than ever!

Shelter Scotland’s Time for Change peers have helped shape the charity’s work at a local and national level, and bring invaluable lived experience to help its clients, according to national services manager Gillian Reid.

Published 24 April 2020

Mears moves 300 Glasgow asylum seekers into hotels where social distancing is ‘impossible’

Charities have reacted with alarm at reports that more than 300 men and women seeking asylum in Glasgow have been moved out of apartments and into hotels where they are worried that they can’t practice social distancing.

Published 23 April 2020

Shelter Scotland calls for renter protection amid coronavirus pandemic

Shelter Scotland is calling for the UK Chancellor to boost social security payments to ensure the nation’s 340,000 private renters don’t end up mired in debt and at risk of homelessness.  

Published 16 April 2020

Shelter Scotland calls for emergency powers to protect us all during the pandemic

Emergency measures are required to ensure everyone has a safe place to call home during the coronavirus pandemic and after, according to Shelter Scotland.

Published 27 March 2020

Jessica Husbands: Coronavirus - how do you stay at home if you don't have one?

Jessica Husbands from Shelter Scotland discusses the issue of homelessness in the UK during the current COVID-19 lockdown.

Published 27 March 2020