Shelter Scotland launches largest-ever social housing campaign
Shelter Scotland launches largest-ever campaign – #BuildScotlandsFuture – calling for 37,100 new social rented homes over next parliament
An estimated 70,000 children in Scotland are waiting for social homes, the equivalent of 20 children in every school, according to new analysis from Shelter Scotland.
The analysis shows that 1 in 14 (50,000) school-age children – and 1 in 13 (70,000) children overall – are currently on social housing waiting lists.
The housing and homelessness charity ihas launched its largest-ever campaign, calling for at least 37,100 social homes to be built over the course of the next parliament, which will reduce Scotland’s existing and emerging housing need.
Earlier this year, a joint report released by Shelter Scotland, SFHA, and the Chartered Institute of Housing Scotland found that Scotland requires 53,00 affordable homes, including the 37,100 homes for social rent, between 2021 to 2026.
Support for social housebuilding is high among Scottish voters. According to new Shelter Scotland/YouGov polling:
- More than 6 in 10 (63%) Scottish adults believe that Scottish political parties should prioritise building social homes, while just 1 in 5 (21%) believe they should prioritise ensuring more people can buy homes.
- More than half (55%) of Scottish adults believe that the next Scottish government should build more social homes than the current government will have built by the end of this term, while just 4% believe they should build fewer.
- When respondents were presented with the number of Scottish schoolchildren on waiting lists, support for social housebuilding went up on both measures, with 68% saying the government should prioritise social housebuilding over home ownership, and 65% saying the next government should build more social homes.
Shelter Scotland's new campaign aims to achieve a programme of social housebuilding that, over the term of the next government, will transform the lives of tens of thousands of people as well as support Scotland’s economic recovery. The campaign will run until the Scottish Parliemant election in May 2021.
Supporters can sign a petition calling on candidates to #BuildScotlandsFuture by committing to delivering the 37,100 social rented homes that Scotland needs.
Shelter Scotland Director Alison Watson said: “It’s not right that tens of thousands of children don’t have the security of a safe, affordable home. It’s time to build a better future for these families.
“We know that delivering more social homes will support economic growth, create jobs and help Scotland to meet its climate targets. It will also strengthen our communities – reducing poverty and inequality, improving people’s health and tackling the root cause of homelessness.
“That’s why thousands of our campaigners will be calling on candidates in the 2021 election to put social housebuilding at the heart of Scotland’s recovery plan. Let’s build Scotland’s future.”