Shelter Scotland’s new housing rights campaign hits Glasgow

Today, Shelter Scotland campaigners will be in Glasgow to invite locals to support their new campaign by signing a petition calling on the Scottish Government to have the right to a home enshrined in Scottish law.

Shelter Scotland's new housing rights campaign hits Glasgow

Graeme Brown, director of Shelter Scotland

This is the first in a series of campaign days which will see the housing and homelessness charity hitting towns and cities across Scotland in the coming weeks and months to drive home the message and gain public support for the petition.

The campaign was launched in August after research conducted by YouGov for Shelter Scotland, found that 88% of people surveyed agreed that everyone in Scotland should have a legal right to a safe, secure and affordable home and that 76% support a new law being created in Scotland for adequate housing for everyone in the country.

The research also found that 78% support Shelter Scotland campaigning for stronger human rights in relation to housing.

Val McDermid, celebrated and best-selling Scottish crime writer, backed the launch of the campaign.

She said: “home is a place where you’re safe to be yourself. Where you can relax, where you can express yourself and where you don’t feel under threat. Too many people don’t have that privilege. That’s why I’m backing Shelter Scotland’s campaign.”

Graeme Brown, director of Shelter Scotland, added: “We bring our campaign to Glasgow to get as many people as possible to join us by signing our petition. Too many people in Glasgow and Scotland don’t have access to the basic right of a decent and affordable home – which is simply wrong in the 21st century in one of the world’s wealthiest countries.

“In March this year, there were 1,950 homeless children in Glasgow and 2,191 households in temporary accommodation.”

Mr Brown continued: “In addition to this we have also had to take the unprecedented step of launching legal action against Glasgow City Council for failing to offer temporary accommodation to those who need it, despite it being required to do so by law.

“We look forward to meeting as many people as possible in Glasgow and asking them this simple question on strengthening people’s right to a home - Are you with us?”

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