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Dundee LibDems call for action to help people across Scotland facing repossession

April 11, 2009 6:46 PM
Originally published by Scottish Liberal Democrats
Ross Finnie MSP

Ross Finnie MSP

Dundee Liberal Democrats have today (Saturday 11th April) called for immediate action from the Scottish Government to support individuals and families facing repossession of their homes.

Last November, Scottish Liberal Democrats together with the Greens, the Independent and the Labour Party highlighted ways in which Scottish court procedures could be strengthened to give further protection to those facing repossession. The Scottish Government refused to take action at that time.

Earlier this week BBC Scotland showed a programme "Repossession, Repossession, Repossession" which, in addition to finding that 7,500 Scots face repossession in the coming year, makes the identical point about ways in which Scottish citizens facing repossession could be given more protection.

Liberal Democrat Health spokesperson, Ross Finnie MSP, said, "This BBC programme proves the opposition parties were right, last November, to launch a joint campaign urging the SNP Government to change the law and give Scottish homeowners the maximum protection from the threat of repossession.

"Liberal Democrats fully support calls to bring Scotland into line with the rest of the UK and give real protection to families and individuals facing repossession of their homes.

"The Scottish Government must ensure that home repossessions are a genuine last resort and that lenders face the prospect of meeting court costs if every avenue is not exhausted.

"The Health Secretary and the Justice Secretary cannot turn a blind eye to this issue any longer."

Here in Dundee, Liberal Democrat opposition group leader on Dundee City Council, Cllr Fraser Macpherson, added, "This is yet another example of SNP inaction in government. There is a need for immediate action to help people across Scotland who are faced with repossession."

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