Before I joined Shelter Scotland I facilitated many practice sharing forums with local authorities and housing associations. I found that after a hard day at the flip chart, regardless of the topic, whether it was legislative change or service improvement, the key points were invariably as follows: “More training needed” “Better communication” “Lack of resources”.
Last week the Scottish Government released the quarterly update of the official homelessness statistics for Scotland. Unsurprisingly, as a homelessness charity working in Scotland, the publication of these stats always causes a flurry of interest and activity in the office (especially for the more geeky among us). The publication of these figures gives us information […]
On Tuesday 27 November 2012 the First Minister Alex Salmond delivered a lecture on the subject of housing and social justice. The lecture took place at the Scottish National Gallery and was in memory of the late poet Edwin Morgan and marked the 2012 commitment to equalise the right of homeless people to permanent housing.
Thinking of becoming a landlord, or are you already renting out a property? Your legal rights and responsibilities can be a bit of a minefield. Instructing a letting agent can save you a lot of hassle in the long-run but if things go wrong it is often the landlord, rather than the letting agent, that […]
There are 23000 long-term empty homes across Scotland. If these properties were brought back into use as affordable housing it would have a dramatic effect on the amount of people who are on waiting lists across Scotland. Three years ago Shelter Scotland set up their Empty Homes project to highlight the problem of empty homes […]