What makes a house a home? This is the question we’ve been mulling over with members of our private tenants forum for the last year or so. Whether we’ve been chatting to parents, to students, to child-free folk, to older people or to younger people, the same themes emerge time and time again. People want safe, secure, affordable homes within a community. They want their children to be secure, they want to be able to get to work, and they want to be able to visit friends and family. (more…)
Private landlords in Scotland have seen remarkable change over the past ten years. We’ve grown in number, helping to house an ever-increasing percentage of Scotland’s population. In fact, Scottish private landlords now house more households in Scotland than local authorities, providing much needed investment in improving housing stock after other sources of funding dried up. (more…)
So now the dust has settled, the chairs have been stacked, the tables collapsed and the Shelter Scotland Product Forge Hackathon has come to an end. I thought I’d bring you all up to speed with how the weekend went, who the winners were and thoughts about future events. (more…)
This month the Filmhouse in Edinburgh are presenting a season celebrating the work of British director Antonia Bird. The season includes a rare screening of the 1993 film Safe, starring (amongst others) Robert Carlyle as a homeless Scot trying to eke out an existence on the streets of London. (more…)
It’s a familiar theme nowadays – cuts to the funding of services set against increased expectation and demand for that service.
Right now in Scotland, homelessness services are under threat from a perfect storm of cuts to local authority budgets and changes to the way temporary accommodation is funded. (more…)