Responding to the Scottish Government’s announcement that a further £87million is being committed to housing, Graeme Brown, Director of Shelter Scotland, says:
“I am delighted that more money is to be invested in housing, showing that the Scottish Government has recognised the important role housing plays in the social and economic well-being of Scotland.
“Shelter Scotland has been campaigning for the Scottish Government to plug the hole created by recent cuts to the housing budget and this new money goes some way toward that goal. It will help make real progress on building homes for the 156,000 people on council waiting lists while at the same time providing a vital boost to Scotland’s construction industry.
“This £87million also means the Scottish Government can now surpass its current house building targets and we look forward to hearing how many new homes for rent this will mean on top of the 6,000 affordable homes per year already promised.”
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. An ISDN line is available for broadcast interviews.
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Shelter Scotland believes everyone should have a home. We help people find and keep a home. We campaign for decent housing for all.
Contact: Sabina Kadic-Mackenzie
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