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2011 press releases

Browse through Shelter Scotland's press releases from this page. Contact the media team for further background information and briefings or to arrange an interview.

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Step closer to 2012 homelessness reform

28 December 2011

With one year to go until Scotland’s historic homelessness legislation comes into force, the country’s leading housing and homelessness charity says local authorities must build on their achievements to date.


22 December 2011

A vintage 1950’s Rolex Oyster watch which was mysteriously donated to a charity shop has sold in a silent auction for £720 – eventually going to an Edinburgh resident who will surprise her husband with the very special gift on Christmas Day.

Festive gig lifts the roof off in aid of housing charity

21 December 2011

A group of Scotland’s top bands are gathering in Glasgow tomorrow [22 December] for an exclusive festive gig in aid of housing and homelessness charity Shelter Scotland.

280,000 may risk homes to pay for Christmas

12 December 2011

According to Scotland’s leading housing and homelessness charity around 280,000 people may risk their homes to pay for Christmas.

Housing charity urges Scottish Government to secure empty homes dividend

9 December 2011

The Scottish Government should use funds raised from a new tax on empty homes to fund a programme of renovation for Scotland’s 23,000 long-term empty properties.

Mystery 007 watch to be auctioned off for charity

5 December 2011

A vintage 1950’s Rolex Oyster watch which was mysteriously donated to an Edinburgh charity shop is set to be auctioned to help Scotland’s leading housing and homelessness charity.

Scotland's private tenants being ripped-off by letting agents

22 November 2011

An undercover investigation has revealed the shocking widespread practice of some letting agents in Scotland charging private tenants extortionate and unjustified upfront charges.

'No Room at the Inn' for 5,800 of Scotland's children living in temporary accommodation

21 November 2011

Scotland’s leading housing and homelessness charity is using this Christmas to campaign for the urgent introduction of statutory standards in temporary accommodation to end the scandal of children being damaged by their experiences in bad, unregulated accommodation.

Korfballers score funds for charity

17 November 2011

Not many will know what a game of korfball entails, but Edinburgh’s oldest and largest Korfball team took time out from winning matches to raise money for charity.

Response to CML Figures on Repossessions and Arrears

10 November 2011

Responding to CML figures out today showing there was a slight increase in repossessions to 9,200 in the third quarter of 2011, while arrears decreased slightly, Graeme Brown, Director of Shelter Scotland, said:

Nine-year-old first in Foursquare challenge...with a little help from dad

19 October 2011

A nine-year-old from Edinburgh is the first person to complete a city-wide challenge set by leading housing and homelessness charity Shelter Scotland.

Big Knit returns for Shelter Scotland

17 October 2011

Knitted blanket squares and designer hats from all over the world will once again feature at the heart of The Big Knit – a wild and woolly fundraising event in aid of Shelter Scotland and a key part of the renowned Perthshire Amber Festival.

Homes winter health check and contents insurance warning

12 October 2011

Hard pressed homeowners and tenants across Scotland are being urged not to cut corners on insurance and to carry out a winter health check on their home before severe weather hits and they find it’s too late.

Former MSP Shirley-Anne Somerville Appointed to Shelter Scotland Committee

7 October 2011

Former MSP for the Lothians Shirley-Anne Somerville has been appointed as a member of the Shelter Scotland committee.

New powers to access information on owners of empty homes

7 October 2011

New powers to help local authorities bring some of Scotland’s 23,000 empty homes back in to use come into force today.

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