Scottish Liberal Democrat housing spokesman Jim Hume MSP has warned that the situation of thousands of homeless people in Scotland can only worsen if the SNP government doesn’t keep to its election promise to deliver 30,000 homes for social rent before the 2016 Holyrood election.
Mr Hume’s warnings come after figures published today show over 100,000 people were homeless in Scotland on the past three Christmas Days. The Freedom of Information requests submitted by the Scottish Liberal Democrats highlight that over 31,000 of those were children.
The figures also show there were 1,000 more children who presented as homeless on Christmas Day in 2014 in comparison to the previous year.
Commenting on the rise, Mr Hume said:
“While there have been welcome decreases in some local authority areas, these figures show the appalling truth that thousands of people spent Christmas Day homeless over recent years. Many of them may have been placed in temporary accommodation, which is hardly a suitable way of tackling homelessness in the long-term.
“Children and adults in this country have the right to have a roof over their heads and no-one should have to spend a single day without a home. By backtracking on their manifesto pledge to build 6,000 homes each year for social rent, the SNP are failing these children and families who have nowhere else to go during the coldest months of the year.
“The Scottish Liberal Democrats want to build a fairer society where everyone has the warmth and safety of a home at all times of the year. That’s why we’ll keep pressing the government to get a grip of the housing crisis in this country and call on them to accelerate their building programme for houses for social rent.”