Tuesday, 26 March 2013

Shelter welcomes UNISON housing plan

Commenting on proposals by UNISON to use Scottish council pension funds to invest in much needed social housing, Graeme Brown, Director of Shelter Scotland, said:

“This is exactly the kind of innovative thinking Scotland needs to claw back much-needed housing supply after decades of under-investment and the loss of over almost half a million socially rented homes through Right to Buy.

“Scotland’s housing crisis is widespread and touches all sections of our society, including many public sector workers who I’m sure will welcome investment in housing for future generations.

“At the last count we estimated that a minimum of 10,000 new homes per year are needed to meet growing demand. We expect this number to be much higher today. Nevertheless, the Scottish Government has again targeted the housing safety net with a disproportionate 40% cut to the housing budget.

“We welcome this innovative plan which, if progressed, will not only make a real difference to the tens of thousands of families and individuals stuck on housing waiting lists but will revive Scotland’s construction sector. This is a step in the right direction to ending Scotland’s housing crisis for good.”

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