Policy library

In this library you will find our latest policy reports, briefings, consultation responses, evidence for Scottish Parliament committees etc. This policy work underpins all of our advocacy and influencing activity to bring about change.

HACT Literature Review

This literature review is the first phase of research commissioned by Shelter Scotland examining how the social impact of affordable housing can be measured. Carried out by the Housing Associations Charitable Trust (HACT), it identifies a lack of means to understand the difference accessing affordable housing makes to an individual’s life as well as an inability to assess the wider social change as people move through homelessness and housing systems.

Published: January 2022

HACT Literature Review

MSP Briefing: A New Deal for Tenants parliamentary debate, 21 December 2021

A briefing paper for MSPs ahead of a parliamentary debate on the Scottish Government's new draft Rented Sector Strategy, A New Deal for Tenants.

Published: December 2021

MSP Briefing: A New Deal for Tenants parliamentary debate, 21 December 2021

Edinburgh's housing emergency 2021

This Shelter Scotland briefing outlines key recommendations, drawn from evidence gathered from our services and people living in the community who have been failed by the housing system in Edinburgh.

Published: December 2021

Edinburgh's housing emergency 2021

Housing as a human right - realising the human right to housing in Scotland

Abstract: A paper considering the current context, practicalities and realities of incorporating the right to housing as defined under Article 11 of the International Covenant on Social, Cultural and Economic Rights.

Published: December 2021

Housing as a human right - realising the human right to housing in Scotland

Joint letter to the First Minister: call for migrant inclusion in Covid-19 Public Inquiry

Joint letter to the First Minister of Scotland, Nicola Sturgeon, calling for migrants, refugees, asylum seekers and all those living under immigration control to be given a voice in Scotland’s Covid-19 public inquiry.

Published: December 2021

Joint letter to the First Minister: call for migrant inclusion in Covid-19 Public Inquiry

MSP Briefing: Scottish Budget 2022-23

Briefing paper for MSPs ahead of 2022-23 Scottish Budget announcement.

Published: December 2021

MSP Briefing: Scottish Budget 2022-23

Scottish Budget 2022-23: Joint letter to the Cabinet Secretary for Finance and the Economy

CIH Scotland, SFHA and Shelter Scotland have written to the Cabinet Secretary for Finance and the Economy to highlight the importance of ensuring that housing, and in particular delivering the social and affordable homes programme must be a top priority in this budget. Never before has the commitment to deliver 110,000 affordable homes, 70% for social rent, by 2032 been more important or at greater risk

Published: December 2021

Scottish Budget 2022-23: Joint letter to the Cabinet Secretary for Finance and the Economy

Response to “Covid Recovery: A consultation on public services, justice system and other reforms”

Shelter Scotland's response to the Scottish Government's consultation "Covid Recovery: A consultation on public services, justice system and other reforms".

Published: November 2021

Response to “Covid Recovery: A consultation on public services, justice system and other reforms”

Shelter Scotland Briefing on Homelessness - Social Justice and Social Security Committee

Shelter Scotland briefing paper on homelessness for the Social Justice and Social Security Committee of the Scottish Parliament, in advance of an evidence session on homelessness on 4 November 2021.

Published: November 2021

Shelter Scotland Briefing on Homelessness - Social Justice and Social Security Committee

Understanding the True Cost of Evictions in Scotland

This research commissioned by Shelter Scotland from the University of Liverpool examines the true financial cost of evictions in the social sector. To do this the research goes beyond examining simply the most commonly cited cost of eviction – lost rent arrears, to take into account both the direct and indirect costs of eviction.

Published: September 2021

Understanding the True Cost of Evictions in Scotland