ISSUES OF HOMELESSNESS ON THE RISE IN GLASGOW
- 06 Sep
1391 children in Glasgow are currently in temporary accommodation, according to housing charity, Sheler's director, Graeme Brown
Mr. Graeme Brown said the following to Evening Times while he visited George square to launch a new campaign to catalyse public and political support to fix the issue of homelessness in Scotland:
"Despite good progress in recent years, we are still failing too many people in our society, particularly the most vulnerable, with the most basic of human rights - the right to shelter and a home.
"It is shameful there are thousands of people sleeping rough on our streets and that there are thousands more hidden homeless people sofa surfing with friends."
Mr. Brown further complained that there is a real increase in rough sleepers in Glasgow and people out begging.
"No one is under any illusion about the challenges that face Glasgow but people have a right to certain services", he said.
Evening Times has also reported what a spokesman for the city council said:
"We fully accept there are pressures that currently exist within the homelessness system, particularly when accessing temporary accommodation but there has been a significant improvement in recent years.
"Homelessness presentations in Glasgow have almost halved in the past 10 years and repeat homelessness applications are down by two-thirds.
"We are now implementing a plan that is transforming how we deliver support across the city..."
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