I didn’t expect to be the next Community shop manager (CSM) for Shelter Scotland’s Tollcross shop in Edinburgh.
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 14% of all households in Scotland now calling the private rented sector home compared with just 5% back in 1999, more people than ever are looking to the private rented sector for long-term housing solutions either through choice or necessity. This growth has led to a more diverse tenant base and, for a variety […]
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 […]