Scottish Liberal Democrats have today described Scotland's housing crisis as "a blot on the nation" as the results of a new Shelter Scotland report revealed that last year 21,290 people received help from its housing advice and support services – more than ever before.
Commenting on the report, Scottish Liberal Democrat housing spokesperson Caron Lindsay said:
“It’s disgraceful that in a country as well off as ours there are such huge numbers of people burdened by worries about bad housing or the prospect of homelessness. Shelter Scotland do fantastic work but the fact that more people than ever before are seeking housing advice and support demonstrates that the housing crisis is a blot on the nation.
“The SNP must grasp the opportunity to build more social housing and ensure councils have resources to fix poor housing before it’s too late. There are thousands of neglected and vacant properties across the country which, with the right incentives, could be renovated to boost the housing stock.
“Callous Tory benefit changes mean that more people will be out on to the streets as we head towards winter. Scottish Liberal Democrats demand better."