At Shelter Scotland, all our advice and support services, and campaigning and policy activity is centered around our mission statement: Until there’s a home for everyone. This is not just about bricks and mortar – but making sure housing is safe, secure and affordable. This is where our work around fuel poverty comes in.
In 2014-15, over 65,000 different households in Scotland approached their local authority for help with housing, either through the housing options service (58,825 approaches) or the homelessness route (35,764 applications).
Today, 1st September, Nicola Sturgeon announced the new programme for the Scottish Government, which includes a new bill to improve the private rented sector (PRS) that will be published this autumn.
This week, the Scottish Government released their quarterly homeless statistics for September to December 2014. The headline statistics were that over this period homeless applications have gone down, homeless assessments have gone down, and there were only 5 households with children in B&B temporary accommodation on 31st December 2014.
With Valentine’s day quickly approaching, I thought it was only appropriate to share one of our most romantic services offered through Shelter Scotland, through the Scottish Empty Homes Partnership.