Monday, 05 December 2016

Temporary accommodation warning to government

Campaigners in Scotland have renewed calls for the Scottish Government to introduce guidance on standards for temporary accommodation.

Shelter Scotland has said that almost four months after it launched a campaign on the issue, ministers have not made a commitment to publish standards.

Graeme Brown, director of Shelter Scotland, said: ‘According to the Scottish House Condition Survey 69 per cent of local authority homes - that’s 253,000 properties - failed to meet the Scottish Housing Quality Standard. Of those 135,000 properties are in a state of extensive disrepair. It is not unreasonable to conclude that temporary accommodation makes up a proportion of these homes, homes that often no one else wants to live in.’

Over the last ten years there has been a 112 per cent increase in the number of households in temporary accommodation and although the total number of children living in temporary accommodation has fallen, there were still 5,259 children living in temporary accommodation at the end of last year.

‘At a time when more people face losing their home due to increased unemployment and higher household bills we cannot stand by and watch the aspirations of another generation of Scots dashed by poor housing,’ Mr Brown added.

On Friday, Scottish housing minister Keith Brown said the ‘vast majority’ of temporary accommodation in Scotland is high quality.

He said Shelter Scotland should talk to the Scottish Housing Regulator and councils to use their own guidance.

‘There is no evidence of poor quality accommodation being routinely used across Scotland. However, the Scottish Government and local authorities are not complacent on this issue,’ he said.

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