Shelter Scotland issues local housing manifestos for four largest cities

Shelter Scotland has launched blueprints for each of Scotland’s four largest cities that outline the actions that need to be taken in order to end the country’s housing emergency.

The housing and homelessness charity worked alongside individuals with lived experience, housing rights activists, local communities and constituents to produce local manifestos for Aberdeen, Dundee, Edinburgh and Glasgow.

The manifestos are a call to action for political parties and candidates in each of the areas.

The Aberdeen manifesto for housing looks at some of the factors that have contributed to the city’s housing emergency. The recommendations in the Aberdeen manifesto include the need for early intervention for people with rent arrears and ensuring that the council only takes eviction action as a last resort.

In the Dundee manifesto for housing, four major housing issues for the region are detailed including the lack of affordable homes for families renting privately and the length of time people are spending living in temporary accommodation.

Highlighting what needs to change in Scotland’s capital, Edinburgh manifesto for housing includes the need to ensure repairs are made to Edinburgh’s social housing stock. Currently far too many people are being forced to live in cold, damp and poorly insulated homes, the charity said.

Identifying housing issues in Glasgow and how they can be addressed, the Glasgow manifesto for housing includes the need for the council to do more to support children experiencing homelessness and overcrowding.

Alison Watson, director of Shelter Scotland, told Scottish Housing News: “At this stage, it should be clear to most that Scotland is in the grip of a serious housing emergency. Acknowledging the crisis is one thing, acting is another.

“Our manifestos for housing demands action from those who can address the combination of challenging housing circumstances seen across Scotland. Now that we have laid out an achievable route towards resolving these key issues, we need immediate action.

“We will continue to work collaboratively with politicians, local authorities, housing providers and private landlords to find long lasting solutions in Aberdeen, Dundee, Edinburgh and Glasgow.”

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