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Shelter Scotland's response to Edinburgh Poverty Commission's call for evidence: 'Places'

By: Shelter Scotland  Published: December 2019


Shelter Scotland welcomes the opportunity to respond to the third and final 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 and temporary accommodation contribute to poverty, and how we can tackle these issues.

Summary

Edinburgh Poverty Commission was launched in November 2018 and has been working since then to define the steps the city needs to make to reduce, mitigate, and prevent poverty in Edinburgh.

The third and final phase of the commission's work focuses on the theme of ‘Places’, asking ‘what can we do to make sure people on low incomes live in well-designed, affordable, and sustainable places?’

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
  • lack of support to sustain a tenancy