Commenting on the annual homelessness statistics released today, showing the first increase in applications in nine years and a 9% increase in children in temporary accommodation, Scottish Liberal Democrat MSP Alex Cole-Hamilton said:
“The SNP Government can't ignore the fact that the number of children in temporary accommodation has increased 59% since 2014. On any given day, there are now around 2,500 more children lacking the stability of a home to call their own. That is heartbreaking and the upset and disruption it causes can have a real impact on a child's development.
"Access to adequate stable housing is vital for health, mental wellbeing and educational attainment.
"The Scottish Government needs to build more homes for social rent and help bring the thousands of long-term vacant properties back into use through a new help to rennovate loan. The Conservatives also need to reform their social security policies which are putting people at greater risk of homelessness, starting with the botched and irresponsible roll out of Universal Credit."