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Coronavirus: Social Security Asks

By: Shelter 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.