REPORT FINDS THAT PEOPLE ARE INTENSELY SUFFERING FROM LACK OF AFFORDABLE HOMES IN SCOTLAND
- 07 Aug
Report by housing charity in Scotland, "Shelter", finds that people are suffering a bad shortage of affordable homes.
According to the report by "Shelter":
- Over 1,000 homeless people came to seek for help from the charity
- Lack of affordable homes, welfare reforms and stagnant wages are making more people homeless
- Over 21,000 people have been helped by the housing charity last year, but on average, one household becomes homeless every 19 minutes
- There is a call for a national housebuilding strategy to provide more homes for those struggling to get a home
- The paramount problem facing those who need help is the issue with affording housing costs, housing conditions and difficulties with landlords
- 46% of private renters, who are merely 14% of homes in Scotland, needed help
- 46% of young people, between the ages of 16 and 34 sought for advice
- 44% of young people needed help with keeping their home and 29% wanted help with finding one as well as advice on being homeless
Shelter's deputy director, Alison Watson, said:
"This report shows the disproportionate impact of Scotland's housing crisis on young people and private renters who are both over-represented in the number of people we helped.
"Struggling to afford or pay housing costs is the biggest presenting problem people have when coming to us for help."
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For more details, visit The Scotsman.
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