Are you a private tenant? Do you feel heating your home and any other fuel use costs you too much? Do you wish your home was better insulated/had a better central heating system/was less drafty? Do you think your landlord should have to improve the energy efficiency of your home? Or not? Do you think […]
Many charities in Scotland will be aware of the value and importance of service user involvement in their work, and we at Shelter Scotland are no different. In recent months, the Communications and Policy department has been reflecting and experimenting on how we can best involve service users in our work and planning.
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 […]
On a quiet Friday afternoon, the DWP laid draft regulations to end automatic entitlement to housing benefit for 18-21 year olds. Worryingly, these regulations are due to be implemented incredibly swiftly and will be in force from the beginning of April 2017, less than a month after the initial laying of regulations. This underhanded move […]
Sometimes I think the very language we use is a barrier to the solutions we seek for those we journey with. Even the word “homelessness” is a definition of what an individual doesn’t have rather than who they are. Now I have no particular desire to get too hung up on words and what they […]