More than a third of Scots ‘struggle with housing situation’

Almost one in five of the people asked in a YouGov study for Shelter Scotland said they struggled to heat their homes in winter.

More than a third of Scots ‘struggle with housing situation’ PA Wire

More than a third of people asked have said they struggle with their housing situation, a poll has suggested.

The YouGov study for housing charity Shelter Scotland, which spoke to 2,060 Scots, found that 36% of respondents struggled with their housing situation.

The poll laid out eight different statements and asked respondents if they identified with any of them, covering situations such as heating during winter, the structural integrity of their home, mould issues, affordability and safety.

A total of 17% of people agreed it was hard to heat their homes in winter, while 11% said there were “significant” problems with mould or damp and 8% of people said there were structural issues with their homes, that they had to cut spending elsewhere to cover housing costs and they were worried they may lose their current home.

36% – Number of people who reported issues with their housing situation

YouGov poll for Shelter Scotland

Meanwhile, 7% of people said there was not enough space, 5% said they were living with safety hazards in their homes and 3% reported it was difficult to find somewhere to live due to “discrimination”.

Shelter Scotland has called for backing from the public “whether they are personally affected by this or not”, as they campaign for better housing standards.

During the election campaign, most parties in Scotland agreed homes needed to be better insulated to combat climate change, with the SNP – who will continue as Scotland’s ruling party – pledging to place a new minimum housing standard into law in the next five years.

Shelter Scotland director, Alison Watson, said: “Scotland’s housing system is broken and biased.

“It is failing people. Hundreds of thousands of people are being held back by the lack of a proper home that would support them to flourish.

“You don’t have to be living on the streets to be severely impacted by the housing emergency.

“Hundreds of thousands are putting up with the unacceptable, counting their blessings that it’s not worse. We have to stand up and demand better for everyone.”

She added: “Our housing system is horribly unequal.

“The fight for home starts here. We’re asking people to join us whether they are personally affected by this or not. Together we will campaign to end this injustice.”

A Scottish Government spokesman said: “We want everyone to have a home that is warm, safe and affordable and the actions in our long-term housing strategy Housing to 2040 set out how we will achieve that.

“Creating a home requires more than bricks and mortar, which is why we have committed to realising the right to adequate housing and, as part of that, we will undertake a comprehensive audit of our current housing and homelessness legislation to ensure that it meets the needs of everyone including those who have faced barriers to housing.

“Scotland has led the way across the UK with almost 100,000 affordable homes delivered since 2007 and we are committed to delivery of a further 100,000 by 2032 – with at least 70% of these available for social rent.”

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