Following Prime Minister David Cameron’s suggestion yesterday that tenants in the social rented sector should no longer have security of tenure (1), Shelter Scotland has today written to Scottish parties urging them not to follow suit.
The housing charity says Scotland’s housing shortage is down to the overall lack of affordable homes to rent and not due to tenants having security of tenure.
Shelter Scotland wants to see tenants retain hard fought for rights to security of tenure and argues that removing these would not address the shortfall of housing in Scotland, only building more homes would.
Graeme Brown, Director, Shelter Scotland, the housing and homelessness charity, said: “The UK Government’s comments yesterday suggest tenants hard fought for rights to security of tenure could be sacrificed for short term political gain.
“We have written to Scottish parties today urging them not to follow David Cameron’s lead. Scotland’s housing shortage cannot be solved by destroying security of tenure and could end up costing councils more money if they have to review the thousands of individual tenancies every few years.
“The solution to Scotland’s lack of housing is for politicians to prioritise building more affordable rented houses to provide homes for the over 155,000 households stuck on council waiting lists, not taking away tenants hard fought for rights.
“The Prime Minister’s comments yesterday side stepped the fundamental cause of our housing crisis – a lack of affordable homes – and we call on MSPs not to do the same.”
Notes to Editors:
2. Shelter Scotland, the housing and homelessness charity. Shelter Scotland believes that everyone should have a home. We help people find and keep a home. We campaign for decent housing for all.
3. Spokespeople are available for interview, telephone the media office on 0844 515 2442. An ISDN line number is available for broadcast interviews.
4. For more information about Shelter Scotland visit www.shelter.org.uk
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Contact: Nicola Baxter
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