It has recently been suggested that we stop saying “homelessness can happen to anyone” because it somehow obscures the real risk factors and prevents those in power from tackling big structural issues. Shelter Scotland Media Officer Susie Rose reflects on when homelessness happened to her. These views are hers and hers alone. I’m 41 and […]
On Thursday 16th March, the Scottish Government released two sets of poverty statistics, on how many people live in poverty and on how many people live in ‘persistent poverty’, in other words, have been in poverty for three of the last four years. The figures are stark. 17% of Scotland’s population live in poverty before […]
With only 5 Fridays left before the big day, our attention at Shelter Scotland turns once again to Social Media Santa. We have over 5,000 reasons stopping us from celebrating this year – because that’s the number of children in Scotland that will spend this Christmas without a permanent home of their own.
Between the fever-pitch media excitement in the run up to the US Presidential Election vote tomorrow and the ongoing fallout from the referendum on EU membership closer to home, you could be forgiven for not hearing much today about the roll-out of one of the most significant welfare reform policies in recent years.
The nights are drawing in, the weather is turning and Christmas is just around the corner. Excited? Ready to celebrate? Unfortunately, there are over 5,224 reasons to stop us celebrating at Shelter Scotland this year. That’s the number of children in Scotland that will spend this Christmas without a permanent home of their own.