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Scottish Government must focus on housing shortage in Scotland - Hume

June 29, 2011 11:46 AM
Originally published by Scottish Liberal Democrats

Scottish Liberal Democrat Housing spokesperson Jim Hume MSP has called on the Scottish Government to come clean on its plans for the housing shortage in Scotland.

Commenting Mr Hume said:

"Housing is an issue that the Government must focus on with over 250,000 households in Scotland currently on a waiting list for a home.

"The Scottish Government has committed itself to the target of building 6,000 socially rented homes a year but there is already doubt as to how this will be achieved.

"Housing associations and charities are concerned as to whether the Government will make this target and what the consequences will be of missing it.

"The Cabinet Secretary has some difficult questions to answer over one of the Government's flagship policies. Only a quarter of these homes will be available for social rental with the rest being comprised of shared equity homes and houses for mid-market rent. The Cabinet Secretary must come clean on just how many homes for social rent will be made available annually under this Government."