Shelter hangs stockings outside Scottish parliament

  • Homelessness charity Shelter has hung 4,574 empty Christmas stockings outside of the Scottish parliament.

    The stockings are said to symbolise the amount of children who will be homeless in the country over Christmas.  They intend to hand the empty stockings out to members of the public who will then be asked to donate a gift so they are able to give it to a homeless child. Green Sock

    Shelter also wants the Scottish Government to adopt guidelines on minimum standards of temporary accommodation whilst also giving families a legal right to challenge the conditions that are forced upon them.

    Graeme Brown, director of Shelter Scotland, says: "Every Christmas spent homeless is a lost Christmas as far as a child is concerned.  One child homeless at Christmas is one too many, so 4,574 spending this Christmas living in temporary accommodation, some in hostels, is a scandal," reports Inside Housing.

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