Graeme Brown, director of Shelter Scotland, the housing and homelessness charity, says:
“If Scotland has to suffer the same fate as England and take an above average hit to its social housing budget the impact will be disastrous and felt by the most vulnerable in our society for many years to come.
“It is imperative that the Scottish Parliament protects and maintains capital expenditure levels – especially in house-building. It is the only way of steering Scotland away from economic disaster.
“Without building more new affordable homes, we will face the combustible mix of fewer affordable homes and many, many more people in need of one.
“The Scottish Parliament is not powerless to act. We need to build more homes, protect and refurbish the ones we have and make housing a real national priority.”
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
4. Follow Shelter Scotland on Facebook – http://www.facebook.com/shelterinscotland
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Contact: Neil Baldwin, Nicola Baxter
Phone: 0844 515 2442