Councils 'failing to deliver social homes for 7500 homeless children'

Shelter Scotland says local authority leaders are 'failing children across the country'.

Councils ‘failing to deliver for 7500 homeless children’, says Shelter Scotland iStock
Housing: Council accused of failing children.

Councils throughout Scotland have been accused of failing to deliver social homes for up to 7500 homeless children.

Shelter Scotland says local authority leaders are “failing children across the country” when it comes to social housing.

The housing charity is now calling on councils to step up and “urgently tackle the deepening housing emergency” ahead  of May’s elections.

In Glasgow alone there are 2480 children in temporary accommodation, while 1515 children in Edinburgh face the same situation.

In Aberdeen, a household with children in temporary accommodation will on average spend 103 days before getting a permanent residence, while in Dundee that figure rises to 285 days.

Shelter Scotland says its analysis of housing plans shows that a minimum of 7000 social homes are needed over the next five years in Edinburgh, 3675 in Glasgow, 853 in Aberdeen and 655 in Dundee. 

Director of Shelter Scotland, Alison Watson, said: “Right now, thousands of households, including thousands of children, are trapped in temporary accommodation.

“Often, they’re living in cramped conditions which are entirely unsuitable. Many of them have been living in so-called temporary accommodation for months or, in some cases, years. 

“Living in temporary accommodation can have devastating effects. It disrupts children’s learning, it places huge strain on family life, it can ruin people’s health. In the face of a deepening cost-of-living crisis this problem is only going to get worse unless action is taken now. 

“As more people are exposed to the risk of homelessness, only social housing can stem the tide. The Scottish Government has promised the cash for new social homes, we need to keep fighting to make sure they’re actually built.”

“With the local elections just around the corner our cities’ leaders can’t shirk their responsibilities. We need them to step up and finally contribute to building a future where everyone in Scotland, without exception, has their right to housing upheld. 

“The scale of the challenge is clear, but council leaders must rise to meet it. The thousands of children without the security and safety a permanent home provides can’t wait a second longer.”

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