MSP appalled by housing figures

South Scotland MSP Claudia Beamish was appalled by recent figures in Shelter Scotland’s report that children living in Scotland suffered nearly 1 million days of homelessness last year.

This is added to recent Local Authority figures which reveal that 35% of East Ayrshire and 39% of South Ayrshire homes are in fuel poverty.

Claudia Beamish commented: “These are shameful statistics. Everyone deserves a decent warm home and it reveals the startling inequality within our society today.

“ A shortage in social housing, a lack of affordable homes, increasing charges for private rents and the struggle for first times buyers has created a crisis in housing and the First Minister has recognised this.

Scottish Labour is looking at housing as a whole and this has resulted in a number of policies which will work together to address these issues. We have committed to banning rip off rent rises and building a minimum of 60,000 affordable homes across Scotland during the next parliament.

“We are also considering the figure we will commit to for new build social housing, to support the development of this part of the housing picture.

“Our pledge for a Warm Homes Bill will ensure that new builds meet robust revised planning regulations to ensure they are well insulated and also equipped to deal with the changes we are all witnessing in climate. In East Ayrshire 35% of households are in fuel poverty according to Local Authority figures. This rises to 39% in South Ayrshire. Investment in the standard of housing built will help to bring this figure down. It will also help the transition to a low carbon society.”