What is “affordable housing need”?
Shelter Scotland Blog
by Liam Hainey
2w ago
Here at Shelter Scotland we campaign for more social housing in order to reduce “affordable housing need”. But what exactly does that mean? And why do we do it? What is the problem we are trying to address? In Scotland there is a growing housing emergency with thousands of families and individuals struggling with their ..read more
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Four times our campaigners won in 2022
Shelter Scotland Blog
by Sarah Beveridge
1M ago
What a year it’s been. Another unpredictable year full of change has only reminded us how crucial a safe home really is. We wanted to take the time to acknowledge the huge impact that our campaigners have had, fighting for housing justice in 2022. With their help we managed to push for a safer housing ..read more
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5 ways to give this #GivingTuesday
Shelter Scotland Blog
by Amanda Collins
2M ago
Giving Tuesday is a day dedicated to encouraging people to do good, raise money, and make a difference to causes around the world. Over the last decade, this idea has grown into a global movement that inspires millions of people to give, collaborate, and celebrate generosity. There are lots of ways to give today.  You ..read more
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A historic week for tenants in Scotland
Shelter Scotland Blog
by Liam Hainey
4M ago
The Cost of Living (Tenant Protection) (Scotland) Bill 2022 was introduced last week including a rent freeze and eviction ban for tenants. We’ve gone through the legislation line by line, and here’s our take.     Emergency legislation in the Scottish Parliament is rare. And even more so at such speed. Previous crises that have prompted ..read more
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A decade of unfulfilled promises – how much longer can we wait?
Shelter Scotland Blog
by Sarah Beveridge
7M ago
It has been 10 years since the Scottish Parliament promised that nobody who became homeless would be denied a permanent home. That promise remains unfulfilled. It would seem fitting then that in our recent survey, conducted by YouGov, three out of five (60%) adults in Scotland admitted they think it’s unlikely the Scottish Government will ..read more
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“It makes me feel better fighting the housing crisis rather than being a spectator.”
Shelter Scotland Blog
by Sarah Beveridge
8M ago
Imogen has been volunteering with Shelter Scotland since May last year. She studies English and Politics and enjoys skateboarding and photography in her spare time. She wanted to volunteer because of her difficult experiences of poor housing, including sofa surfing as a teenager, when she couldn’t live safely with her family. She says: “It was ..read more
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Economy, health, and housing: the people’s priorities
Shelter Scotland Blog
by Liam Hainey
9M ago
With the cost-of-living crisis making headlines on a daily basis, it’s no surprise that housing issues are among the top priorities for adults in Scotland ahead of tomorrow’s local elections. Even without household incomes being strained to breaking point as inflation bites, Scotland was already experiencing a housing emergency. The situation is dire for many ..read more
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Social Housing: 7 things you didn’t know
Shelter Scotland Blog
by Liam Hainey
10M ago
Around 23% of homes in Scotland are social rented homes, but there’s often a lot of misconceptions about social housing and the people who live in it. So, here’s 7 things you might not have known about social housing: 1 “Social housing” goes by a lot of names: Council housing, council estates and housing association ..read more
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Removing the right to a permanent home from people experiencing homelessness?
Shelter Scotland Blog
by Lisa Borthwick
10M ago
I don’t think anyone would argue that preventing homelessness makes good sense. The current Scottish Government consultation on proposed new duties to help prevent homelessness therefore seems a no-brainer. However, we believe that one of the proposals, which will remove people’s right to a permanent home, presents a substantial risk to the Scottish rights-based system ..read more
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Building up to realising the human right to housing in Scotland
Shelter Scotland Blog
by Lisa Borthwick
1y ago
What. A. Year. 2021 has been another rollercoaster in many ways, and for housing, it is no different. The ongoing realities and effects of the pandemic have exacerbated the housing emergency, highlighting like never before just how important a safe home is. We know for tens of thousands of households across Scotland, their human right to adequate housing is ..read more
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