In response to today’s Scottish Budget, Graeme Brown, director of Shelter Scotland, the housing and homelessness charity, said:
“Despite the smoke and mirrors presentation of this budget, it is clear that investment in housing supply is the biggest loser – amounting to 35%.
“This figure is based on today’s cuts of around 19%, coupled with £120million (1) already taken out of this year.
“This will be greeted with dismay by people across Scotland who are in desperate need of decent quality, affordable housing.
“At a time when more people are going to be in need of affordable housing, to cut investment and still keep major capital projects such as the Forth Replacement Crossing shows that this Scottish Government has its priorities all wrong.”
Notes to Editors:
1. The Scottish Government budget shows a cut in housing and regeneration from £488 million this year to £393.8 millioin next year. However, the true figure for 2010-11 should be £120 million higher at £608 million since £120 million was taken out of 2010-11 and added to 2008-09 and 2009-10 budgets.
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
5. Follow Shelter Scotland on Facebook – http://www.facebook.com/shelterinscotland
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Contact: Neil Baldwin, Nicola Baxter
Phone: 0844 515 2442