Scottish Liberal Democrat housing spokesperson Caron Lindsay has today demanded the Scottish Government make fresh efforts to improve poor quality local authority housing, as new research by the Scottish Liberal Democrats reveals over 60,000 complaints about pests in local authority housing since 2016.
Councils across Scotland reported the following number of complaints:
- 2016 – 22,236
- 2017 – 17,567
- 2018 – 21,365
Pests reported included: woodlice, seagulls, bats wasps, beetles, cockroaches, mice, rats, moths, squirrels, flees, spider beetles, slaters, birds, silverfish, foxes, pigeons and slugs.
Caron Lindsay commented:
“Although in some cases the presence of pests is unavoidable, the scale on which local authority tenants are reporting bed bugs, wasps, mice and other animals in their houses is staggering.
“It is completely unacceptable to house people in buildings that have cockroaches or other unhygienic infestations. Imagine how awful it must be to feel that you can't let your baby play on the floor in case they pick up mouse droppings or some other nasty.
“Every person deserves a clean and comfortable home. Poor quality housing can take a huge toll on people’s mental and physical health. If the SNP hadn’t been slashing local authority budgets for years they would be better placed to provide that.
“The Scottish Government should use these statistics as yet another reason to get on with building more social housing and ensuring councils have the resources to fix poor housing before it falls into disrepair.”