The Chancellor’s Autumn Statement today has brought some good news for tenants across England, with the announcement that the UK Government will be banning letting agents from charging fees to tenants. Our colleagues in England have been campaigning for this since 2013, and there is overwhelming evidence of the impact that these fees have had […]
Over the last 15 or so years, Shelter Scotland has championed Scotland’s claim to lead the world in tackling homelessness. But we have always recognised that this claim is one that must be earned rather than simply asserted.
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.
Amidst all the headlines about tax rates you’d be forgiven for missing the significance of this budget for the thousands of people across Scotland who are homeless or badly housed. With 150,000 people on local authority waiting lists and 4,896 children in temporary homeless accommodation the time to act on affordable housing is now. So […]