Borderline, the charity for homeless Scots in London is under threat of closure following the loss of Scottish Government support. Known to its clients as the ‘Scottish Embassy in London’, this unique charity offers a lifeline for the hundreds of homeless and insecurely housed Scots in London it supports every year.
In 2008/09 Borderline received a Scottish Government grant of £107,000 which has now been slashed to £24.500 for the current financial year and zero in 2012/13. The charity will now have to make up a 37% deficit in budget for 2012/13 or face closure.
The impact of the Scottish Government’s cuts are likely to mean:
- 120 homeless Scots in London will miss out on vital support
- 16 people will miss out on the chance of a secured bed in a YMCA hostel meaning they may unnecessarily spend more time on the streets in London
- 45 Scots will not be re-housed either in London or back to Scotland
- 75 Scots will not be given travel warrants to allow them to travel back home to their families in Scotland
Borderline Chief Executive Willie Docherty said, “Winter is a particularly tough time to be alone on the streets and Borderline has been a safe haven where vulnerable Scots in London can come and access the support they desperately need at this time and throughout the year. These cuts will have a massive impact on the unique service we are able to offer.”
“In the absence of Government support we will be asking the Scottish public, who have generously supported us in the past, to help us make up this shortfall. Failing that, we will have to review the future of this essential service we have been providing since 1984.”
Notes to Editor:
- Borderline is the Charity for homeless and insecurely housed 1st and 2nd generation Scots in London
For further information contact:
0207 240 3718 / 07739 897538
Contact: Ross Trevail