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Policy library

Policy work forms a major part of Shelter Scotland's efforts to address and find solutions for homelessness and housing issues.

In this section you can browse through the briefings and policy documents that Shelter Scotland sends out to the Scottish Government, local authorities and other policy-forming groups and committees.

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  • Public bodies and homelessness prevention: working towards a prevention duty
    Applicable to: Scotland, Published: April 2020
    The Ending Homelessness Together Action Plan sets out the intention of Scottish Government and COSLA to ‘work with public bodies, housing providers and other partners to develop a new duty on local authorities, wider public bodies and delivery partners for the prevention of homelessness’. This research identifies what introducing homeless prevention legislation would be like for a broad range of people that would be impacted, exploring what would need to be done to change culture and practice.


  • First-tier Tribunal (Housing and Property Chamber): data analysis and recommendations
    Applicable to: Scotland, Published: April 2020
    This briefing outlines the findings from a short piece of data analysis on the First-tier Tribunal (Housing and Property Chamber), including an examination of each of the 266 entries published in the Eviction and Civil Proceedings Decisions database in January and February 2019. 


  • Coronavirus emergency legislation briefing
    Applicable to: Scotland, Published: April 2020
    The Coronavirus (Scotland) Bill published (31st March 2020) sets out how the government will seek to achieve this and prevent evictions in the social and rented sector. While the measures in the Bill are welcome, the Bill, as it stands, does not prevent all evictions from happening. Shelter Scotland believes that the Bill could and should be strengthened to achieve that end, as no-one should be without a home at this time.


  • Coronavirus: Providing suitable temporary accommodation   
    Applicable to: Scotland, Published: March 2020
    In light of the coronavirus pandemic, Shelter Scotland are calling for councils to have new powers to make use of vacant holiday homes, in order to provide suitable temporary accommodation for those currently experiencing homelessness. 


  • Coronavirus: No evictions
    Applicable to: Scotland, Published: March 2020
    In light of the coronavirus pandemic, Shelter Scotland are calling for a ban on all evictions from private and social rented sectors.


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