The SNP Government’s flagship manifesto commitment on affordable housing is doomed to failure says leading housing charity Shelter Scotland after Finance Secretary John Swinney’s Spending Review reveals a 50% cut in affordable housing investment over the next two years.
Shelter Scotland had called for a radical rethink of spending priorities and laid out detailed plans for getting affordable housing back on target ahead of the Spending Review.
Graeme Brown, Director of Shelter Scotland, said:
“A 50% cut in affordable housing investment is a devastating blow to the housing sector and now there is no way the SNP Government will be able to meet one of its flagship manifesto commitments of 30,000 new socially-rented homes over the next five years .
“This is another hammer-blow to the 156,000 families and households across Scotland who have been waiting for months and years for a home of their own and it undermines our nation’s commitments to badly housed and homeless people.”
Notes to Editors:
1. Shelter Scotland provides expert support services, online advice and a free national helpline for everyone facing housing and homelessness difficulties. For advice and support visit http://scotland.shelter.org.uk or call 0808 800 4444.
2. Spokespeople are available for interview – call the media office on 0844 515 2442.
Shelter Scotland believes everyone should have a home. We help people find and keep a home. We campaign for decent housing for all.
Contact: Neil Baldwin or Sabina Kadic-Mackenzie
Phone: 0844 515 2442