Charity urges politicians to tackle 7 year waiting list
A new study has revealed that it will take more than seven years to clear Scotland’s social housing waiting list at the current rate of letting.
Shelter Scotland, which conducted the research, warned the government’s welfare reform agenda may result in that time lengthening as a growing number of people join the list.
The homelessness charity called on Scottish candidates to use this Thursday’s council elections to address what it calls ‘the acute shortage of social housing’ in the country.
‘For families to put their lives on hold for up to seven years for a home is unbearable,’ said Graeme Brown, director of Shelter Scotland. ‘This analysis shows clearly the desperate situation tens of thousands of people in Scotland have no choice but to endure.
‘That’s why in this week’s local council elections, we are urging people to vote on real bread and butter issues like the acute shortage of social housing and want voters to call on candidates to make tackling the housing shortage one of their priorities.’
According to Shelter’s analysis, there are 156,200 people on the housing waiting list north of the border, with just 21,605 lets last year.