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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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Latest documents:

  • How to tackle 'No DSS' policies: views from private renters
    Applicable to: Scotland, Published: June 2018
    This report summarises the views of private renters on how best to tackle 'No DSS' policies in the private rented sector.


  • Glasgow City Council Protest Q&A
    Applicable to: Scotland, Published: July 2018
    This Q&A explains why we are taking direct action against Glasgow City Council's practice of gatekeeping.


  • Evidence of Gatekeeping in Glasgow City Council
    Applicable to: Scotland, Published: July 2018
    This report aims to provide a summary overview of our description, evidence, concerns and recommendations for action in relation to the issue of gatekeeping of homelessness services within Glasgow City Council. 


  • Response to consultation on landlord registration applications and fees
    Applicable to: , Published: June 2018


  • An Evaluation of Rent Regulation Measures within Scotland’s Private Rented Sector
    Applicable to: Scotland, Published: June 2018
    This report was commissioned by Shelter Scotland as part of our programme of work engaging private renters in policy and practice change, funded by the Oak Foundation. The aim of the report is to better understand the rent regulation measures contained in the Private Housing (Tenancies) (Scotland) Act 2016 and consider what successful policy implementation might look like. The report also places the Scottish reforms in the context of rent control measures from comparable European countries, making practical recommendations aimed at improving the effectiveness of the rent regulation measures contained in the 2016 Act.


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