Scottish Liberal Democrats have condemned the SNP government’s neglect towards social housing after figures published today showed that sales of public authority dwelling rose by 20 percent in 2014-15.
1835 homes were sold in 2014-15 ahead of the Right to Buy being brought to an end in August next year.
The Commission on Housing and Wellbeing report said that 23,000 homes are needed to be built each year in order to reduce fuel poverty, council housing waiting lists and overcrowding.
Scottish Liberal Democrats have consistently challenged the SNP for reneging on its pledge to build 6,000 socially rented homes each year, revealing recently that 13,000 households have waited over a decade for socially rented housing.
Commenting, Scottish Liberal Democrat housing spokesperson Jim Hume MSP said:
“We need to know what SNP ministers are doing to address the Right to Buy rush.
“This will exacerbate Scotland’s housing crisis, where 13,000 households have waited over a decade for socially rented housing.
“It is unacceptable that hundreds of families in Scotland are spending Christmas after Christmas in temporary accommodation.
“A stable home can give people the security they need to get on in life. After reneging on their pledge to build 6,000 socially rented homes each year, people will want to know what steps the SNP are taking now to tackle the crisis in social housing.”