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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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  • Shelter Scotland briefing: Coronavirus (Scotland) (No.2) Bill, Stage 3 Amendments
    Applicable to: Scotland, Published: May 2020
    Shelter Scotland welcomes the on-going work by the Scottish Government to put in place legislation to protect people from the impact of the Coronavirus pandemic. However, if we are to prevent a spike in evictions when the current emergency measures are lifted, tenants must continue to be supported, to prevent a sharp increase in homelessness.


  • Shelter Scotland briefing: Coronavirus (Scotland) (No.2) Bill
    Applicable to: Scotland, Published: May 2020
    Shelter Scotland welcomes the on-going work by the Scottish Government to put in place legislation to protect people from the impact of the Coronavirus pandemic. For people who are homeless and those who are struggling to pay their rent this support is crucial and must continue once lockdown measures are lifted.


  • Early end to unsuitable temporary accommodation
    Applicable to: Scotland, Published: May 2020
    Shelter Scotland welcomes Scottish Government plans to ensure that homeless people and rough sleepers do not return to the streets or can be placed in unsuitable temporary accommodation at any point during or after the coronavirus crisis.


  • Evictions by Social Landlord: Statistics Update 2018/19
    Applicable to: Scotland, Published: May 2020
    This short briefing provides an update of the statistics on evictions by social landlords in Scotland. It predominately uses the recently published Scottish Housing Regulator’s Annual Return of the Charter, as well as data on technical evictions from the Scottish Government


  • Coronavirus: Social Security Asks
    Applicable to: Scotland, Published: April 2020
    The current emergency is causing high levels of uncertainty and fear for people all over Scotland, and for people that rent this uncertainty extend to the security of their home. Many households are experiencing loss of work and/or earnings and are turning to the social security safety net for support. Both the Scottish and UK governments have legislated to prevent the majority of tenants from being evicted during this pandemic. However, Shelter Scotland fears that many households are at risk of falling into rent arrears over the next few months and facing eviction when emergency measures are lifted. In order to prevent mass evictions and an overwhelmed homelessness system at the end of the pandemic, the UK Government must make changes to social security system torelieve the financial pressures renters are facing.


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