Housing: the missing voice at the cabinet table
Shelter Scotland Blog
by Liam Hainey
1M ago
While the First Minister has changed, the composition and responsibilities of those in his cabinet will remain largely the same. This is a missed opportunity. The evidence is clear; Scotland is in a housing emergency. Nearly 10,000 children without a home, record numbers stuck in temporary accommodation, and local services stretched beyond breaking point due ..read more
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Fashion Legend Rankin Shoots for Shelter Scotland
Shelter Scotland Blog
by Sarah Beveridge
1M ago
We have enlisted the help of iconic photographer, Rankin, to launch our bold new awareness campaign, promoting sustainable fashion and 32 charity shops across Scotland. The ‘Less is More’ campaign celebrates the environmental and style benefits of buying second-hand, saying ‘people can be less throw out and feel more knock out’. Fashion legend Rankin ..read more
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Affordable to whom? Social homes vs affordable homes 
Shelter Scotland Blog
by Liam Hainey
2M ago
It’s not uncommon to hear politicians talk about building more “affordable homes” as a solution to the housing emergency which is devastating communities across Scotland. However, that’s not a phrase we tend to use at Shelter Scotland. So, what is the difference between an “affordable” and a “social” home. Affordable housing is a nebulous phrase ..read more
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The Scottish Government’s Housing Bill – what does it mean?
Shelter Scotland Blog
by Sarah Beveridge
2M ago
The Scottish Government has published its long-awaited new Housing Bill. But what could it mean for people living in Scotland? While there have been some adjustments to rent control, joint tenancies and rights to pets and redecoration, the bill fails to address the systemic issues driving the housing emergency in Scotland. And that currently means ..read more
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Rent controls and the housing emergency
Shelter Scotland Blog
by Liam Hainey
2M ago
One of the most eye-catching parts of the Housing Bill published recently by the Scottish Government was its proposed model for controlling private rents. This is something that was promised in the Bute House Agreement following the last Holyrood election, with the pressure on ministers to outline their plans increasing after the emergency restrictions on ..read more
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As a child, my parents had no means to buy their own home, social housing was a lifesaver
Shelter Scotland Blog
by Sarah Beveridge
2M ago
“As a child, my parents had no means to buy their own home, social housing was a lifesaver. Renting from the private sector would not have been an option because of elevated rents. Council housing was the norm when I was young and people who were owner occupiers were something of a rarity. “Now that ..read more
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Volunteering at Shelter Scotland – Alaina’s story
Shelter Scotland Blog
by Sarah Beveridge
2M ago
Alaina started volunteering as an Administrator with Shelter Scotland in August 2023 and she is currently volunteering remotely from her home in New Zealand. She has worked for a small independent travel company based in Glasgow for the past 10 years and during that time has held a variety of roles including finance and administration ..read more
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Scottish Government must prioritise homeless children in budget
Shelter Scotland Blog
by Liam Hainey
6M ago
The Scottish Government never tires of telling us that tackling child poverty is among its top priorites. Tomorrow, when the budget is published, we can look for evidence of Ministers’ commitment to that principle. It’s clear that any attempt by Ministers to tackle child poverty is doomed to fail unless they get serious about ending ..read more
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5 times our campaigners won in 2023
Shelter Scotland Blog
by Lara Barclay
6M ago
As the year draws to a close, we want to take a moment to celebrate the huge impact that our campaigners have had in the fight for home in 2023. They make up a movement of tens of thousands, working together to end Scotland’s housing emergency, and create a future where a safe, permanent home ..read more
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In their own words: researching children’s experiences of temporary accommodation.
Shelter Scotland Blog
by Alice Tooms-Moore
6M ago
Shelter Scotland is beginning ground-breaking research with De Montfort University and University College London, to understand children’s experiences of temporary accommodation (temp) and explore the impact it has on their lives. We will hear directly from children themselves, capturing their experiences in their own words. What is the need for this research? Scotland is in ..read more
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