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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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  • Briefing for Scottish Parliament Debate: Inequality
    Applicable to: Scotland, Published: November 2018
    This briefing details Shelter Scotland clients' experiences of poverty and inequality in 2018.


  • Evidence on the Fuel Poverty (Target, Definition and Strategy) Bill
    Applicable to: Scotland, Published: November 2018
    This is Shelter Scotland's evidence to the Fuel Poverty (Target, Definition and Strategy) Bill, submitted to the Local Government and Communities Committee.    


  • Getting behind the homeless statistics: update for 2017-18
    Applicable to: Scotland, Published: November 2018
    This paper provides and analysis of the Scottish Government's official 2017-18 homelessness statistics in order to get a clearer picture of who applies as homeless, the reasons behind their homelessness and the results of that application.


  • Shelter Scotland response to LG&C Committee call for evidence on housing adaptations
    Applicable to: Scotland, Published: October 2018
    Shelter Scotland welcomes the opportunity to respond to the Local Government and Communities committee’s call for evidence on housing adaptations. This response sets out Shelter Scotland's views on the right to adequate housing, and our clients' experiences finding housing that meets their needs.


  • Hidden Homelessness
    Applicable to: Scotland, Published: October 2018
    This briefing gives an overview of hidden homelessness in Scotland, including a definition, the groups most affected by hidden homelessness, and indicators of how widespread hidden homelessness is.


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