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28 July, 2020 Open access

Coalition of housing and homelessness organisations calls on Scottish Government to extend emergency powers against eviction

Open letter to Housing Minister calls for Scottish Government to ensure that vulnerable households cannot be evicted until at least April 2021, and to commission advice on legality of 'no recourse to public funds' requirement

A coalition of housing and homelessness organisations has called on the Scottish Government to extend the emergency powers against eviction which are due to expire on 30 September 2020.

In an open letter to Scottish Housing Minister Kevin Stewart, the organisations - that include Shelter Scotland, the Legal Services Agency and the Scottish Refugee Council - say that -

'Many of our clients have benefited from your swift action in the early days of this crisis. Thanks to your action and the support of local agencies and their third sector partners, most of our clients are in a safer place than they would have been.

However, time is running out. As we approach the end of September and the planned lifting of the existing protections, people are worried about how they will keep a roof over their head and avoid destitution.'

As a result, the organisations call on the Scottish Government to  -

The letter to Mr Stewart is available from the Shelter Scotland twitter account.