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SNP must live up to housing promises

January 29, 2012 10:27 AM
Originally published by Scottish Liberal Democrats

Housing need is reaching crisis levels in Scotland which is why the Scottish Liberal Democrats are calling for the Scottish Government to recommit to its pledge to build 6,000 new homes for social rent each year.

Jim Hume MSPJim Hume MSPNew figures from Freedom of Information requests reveal the number of households that have been waiting on local authority housing lists for over two years. As of last October over 120,000 households across Scotland had been waiting for over a year and over 81,000 of these had been stuck on waiting lists for over two years.

Scottish Liberal Democrat Housing spokesperson Jim Hume MSP said:

"It is clear that Scotland's housing crisis requires urgent action from the Scottish Government. With over 81,000 households stuck on local authority waiting lists for over two years, Ministers need to focus on building more homes for social rent so that these families can finally access a home.

"It has been hugely disappointing to see the Scottish Government move away from its manifesto commitment to build 6,000 socially rented homes each year, replacing it with homes that require an element of purchase. There has been growing anger at the backtracking by Ministers over recent months.

"The Scottish Government has significant additional resources at its disposal since the draft Budget was published last September. SNP Ministers now have funds available that will help deliver their own commitment to 6,000 new homes for rent each year and we are calling for them to recommit to this pledge.

"The approaching 2012 homelessness target brings the need for more socially rented homes into even sharper focus. If the SNP Government does not make the right choices on housing it is clear that thousands of families will be left on housing lists for many more years."