Scotland's homelessness target needs urgent action from new Minister
10 February 2009
Shelter Scotland today (Tuesday) praised the contribution former Communities Minister Stewart Maxwell has made following the news he has been replaced in a government reshuffle.
And the charity welcomed the appointment of Alex Neil as new Communities Minister - urging him to breathe new life into Scotland’s internationally acclaimed housing target.
Graeme Brown said: "Stewart Maxwell has shown strong commitment to his portfolio during his time as Communities Minister.
"Alex Neil comes with a strong track record campaigning on social justice issues. I am sure he will want to make ending homelessness in Scotland by 2012 his top priority. (1)
"However, as evidence to be presented by Shelter tomorrow to the committee shows, we need to do much more to keep on track and meet the target.
"Urgent action is needed to ensure Scotland meets its internationally acclaimed homeless target."
1) Under Scottish legislation, a key target is to ensure that by 2012 every unintentionally homeless person will be entitled to permanent accommodation.