Call for full story on housing crisis
15 October 2012
Uncovering the full extent of Scotland’s housing crisis is absolutely crucial if we are ever going to fix the problem.
That's the message our Head of Communications and Policy will deliver to new Scottish Housing Minister, Margaret Burgess MSP, at the SNP Conference in Perth.
The shortage across Scotland is well-documented, but the full scale of the problem and what is needed to solve the crisis is not known.
Gordon MacRae, Head of Communications and Policy
Speaking alongside the Minister at a fringe event organised by Home Scotland on Friday 19th October – Gordon MacRae will urge the Scottish Government to initiate new, in-depth research aimed at identifying the real number of new social homes Scotland needs.
Entitled The Big Picture – Scotland’s Housing Crisis Uncovered, Gordon MacRae will deliver his demand to a broad range of SNP party members and activists.
Ahead of the conference, Gordon MacRae says:
"There is now broad political consensus that a solution is urgently needed for Scotland’s housing crisis – in particular the lack of social housing. The shortage across Scotland is well-documented, but the full scale of the problem and what is needed to solve the crisis is not known.
“The last study of how many homes we need to build each year was 10,000 and that was nearly ten years’ ago – before the world recession and banking meltdown, not to mention Westminster’s destructive welfare reform programme.
“What we do know is that housing of all tenures is needed – from one to four-bedroom social houses, to new-build affordable homes to rent. What we don’t know is exactly how many and where?
“I urge the new Housing Minister to back our call for new research into the full scale of the crisis and then, when the picture is clear, invest in a long-term house building programme aimed at ending Scotland’s housing crisis for good.”
‘Meeting Scotland’s 21st Century housing needs’ sponsored by Home Scotland takes place in the Norrie Miller Studio, Perth Concert Hall, from 12.20pm – 1.30pm on Friday 19th October.