Housing policy fails children in temporary accommodation

Scottish Liberal Democrats today said the Scottish Government’s housing policies have failed the thousands of children living in temporary accommodation after new figures showed a further 13% increase.

National Statistics published today revealed 5224 children were living in temporary accommodation at 31 March 2016 – 591 more than last year and over 1000 more compared to 2014. 

The SNP missed their 2011 manifesto target to build 30,000 socially rented homes during the last Parliament by 7,500 homes. Scottish Liberal Democrats today highlighted the difference that this could have made to the thousands of families staying in temporary accommodation. 

Scottish Liberal Democrat housing spokesperson Caron Lindsay commented: 

“The fact nearly 600 extra children are living in temporary accommodation this year shows some of the most vulnerable in our society are being let down. 

“Temporary accommodation provides an important safety net for individuals and families. However, we know this interim solution can still prove hugely disruptive. It does not compare to the stability and security that a permanent home can provide.” 

Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP added: 

“In just two years the number of children living in temporary accommodation has increased by over 1000. This 26% increase is damning and evidence of the impact of the Scottish Government’s failure to deliver its flagship housing policy. 

“Earlier this month it was confirmed that the SNP’s commitment to build 30,000 homes for social rent during the last Parliament was missed by 7,500 homes. The difference these homes could have made to the thousands of children living in temporary accommodation is blatantly obvious. 

“Given this record, the Scottish Government needs to provide Parliament with a clear plan how it intends to meet its new higher housebuilding target and set out how it expects to reduce the spiralling number of children living in temporary accommodation.”

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