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Shelter Scotland response to the Edinburgh Poverty Commission call for Evidence: "Pockets"

By: Shelter Scotland  Published: March 2019

Shelter Scotland welcomes the opportunity to respond to the first phase of the Edinburgh Poverty Commission. This response sets out Shelter Scotland's views on poverty and wellbeing in Edinburgh, and how issues such as housing supply, affordability, homelessness, temporary accommodation and welfare reform contribute to poverty. 


Edinburgh Poverty Commission was launched in November 2018 and will be working throughout this year to define the steps the city needs to make to reduce, mitigate, and prevent poverty in Edinburgh.


The first phase of the commission's work focuses on the theme of ‘Pockets’ – the pressures that keep incomes low and living costs high for people in Edinburgh. 


This response sets out Shelter Scotland's views on poverty and wellbeing in Edinburgh,and outlines several areas which trap people in low income and poverty, and what we understand to be the impact on people's lives This includes

  • Lack of affordable housing in Edinburgh
  • How the homelessness system and temporary accommodation works
  • the impact of welfare reform, including the freeze to working age benefits. 

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