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Too many families with children to spend 2nd Christmas in temporary accomodation

December 23, 2012 9:14 PM
Originally published by Scottish Liberal Democrats

Scottish Liberal Democrat housing spokesperson Jim Hume MSP has slammed the SNP for reneging on its pledge to build 6,000 socially rented homes, as figures obtained by the Liberal Democrats reveal over 200 families with children in Scotland will be spending their second Christmas in temporary accommodation.

Figures obtained using Freedom of Information requests to each local authority in Scotland have also uncovered 2,050 families with children living in temporary accommodation whilst they are waiting to be placed in socially rented housing. The term temporary accommodation can cover social sector accommodation, hostels and Bed and Breakfasts.

Mr Hume has said many families are facing desperate circumstances over the festive period as the Scottish Government pushes to meet its 2012 homelessness target and as latest figures show the number of repossession cases is increasing.

The Scottish Government's 2012 homelessness target states that from the end of 2012 all unintentionally homeless people should be entitled to settled accommodation.

Commenting on the figures, Mr Hume said:

"At a time when many of us are spending Christmas at home and putting the finishing touches to the tree, it is heart-breaking to discover that over 2000 families with children will be spending this Christmas in temporary accommodation.

"For 200 of those families, this will be their second Christmas without a home to call their own. If we are to break the chain of poverty and meaningfully improve the lives of the worst off Scots, the foundations must begin with permanent housing from which to bid a stable life.

"Home repossessions are increasing in Scotland whilst there has been a staggering 66 percent decline in housing association new builds. Local authorities are working hard to meet homelessness targets whereby all unintentionally homeless people will be entitled to settled accommodation.

"The SNP government has created the perfect storm in social housing which will hit the most deprived hardest.

"With council house numbers at a record low and housing association completions plummeting, Scottish Liberal Democrats are concerned that more families with children will spend Christmas not knowing what or where their next house will be. The housing minister needs to acknowledge her government's shameful abandonment of its social housing pledge in Scotland and set out a firm pathway to more homes for social rent."