Shelter Scotland Responds to Comprehensive Spending Review

Shelter Scotland denounces the UK Government’s plans to withdraw security of tenure for new council housing tenants and urges the Scottish Parliament not to follow suit.

The charity says the hard-fought-for rights to security of tenure must be preserved in Scotland and calls on Holyrood to show courage and leadership in the face of George Osborne’s Comprehensive Spending Review.

And in light of above average cuts in the social housing budget in England, Director Graeme Brown also warned the Scottish Government not to cut social housing investment but instead to commit to a national programme of house-building in order to combat the chronic shortage of affordable homes.

Graeme Brown, Director, Shelter Scotland, the housing and homelessness charity, said:

“To change the rules to ‘as long as you need it’ is open to interpretation and creates uncertainty and worry where there should be security and certainty. This move is regressive and must not be followed by the Scottish Parliament.

“Shelter Scotland would utterly condemn and campaign against any move to withdraw security of tenure from new social housing tenants in Scotland.

“Scotland’s housing shortage cannot be solved by changing security of tenure and neither can it be solved by cutting capital expenditure on social housing.

“The Scottish Parliament has the power to decide how and where it spends its capital expenditure budget.  We say it must make housing a national priority by building more affordable homes to provide for the 160,000 households stuck on council waiting lists and we need to protect and refurbish the houses we already have.”

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Notes to Editors:

1.     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.

2.     Spokespeople are available for interview, telephone the media office on 0844 515 2442. An ISDN line number is available for broadcast interviews.

3.     For more information about Shelter Scotland visit www.shelter.org.uk

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Contact: Neil Baldwin, Nicola Baxter
Phone: 0844 515 2442

Website: http://www.shelter.org.uk