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SFHA responds to Shelter Scotland impact report

Long-term approach required to tackle country’s housing crisis.

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The Scottish Federation of Housing Associations (SFHA) has responded to a new report by housing and homelessness charity Shelter Scotland on the scale and impact of Scotland’s housing crisis by calling for a sustained long-term approach in order to tackle it.

The charity’s report states that a shortage of affordable homes, welfare reform and stagnant wages have seen tenants struggling to afford housing costs.

Sarah Boyack, SFHA Head of Public Affairs, said:

“This report by Shelter Scotland highlights that Scotland desperately needs to tackle its housing crisis. While we welcome the Scottish Government’s commitment to increase the affordable housing target to 50,000 homes, we need a sustained long-term approach that goes beyond the lifetime of the current parliament.

“The report also shows that welfare reform is one of the main reasons that people have turned to the charity for help. Unfortunately, this is not surprising when welfare policies, such as Universal Credit, can see new claimants waiting up to six weeks until they receive payment. The SFHA has repeatedly called for the roll-out of Universal Credit to be halted until it can be shown to be working safely and will continue to lobby the UK Government on this and other welfare reforms which are negatively affecting our members and their tenants.” 

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