29 January 2019

Responding to the publication of homelessness statistics today showing there were 18,486 applications for homelessness assistance ?between 1 April and 30 September 2018, almost 300 applications more than the same period in 2017, Labour Shadow Cabinet Secretary for Housing Pauline McNeil said:

"These figures are disgraceful, and should prompt hard questions inside the government.

"It is clear that the systematic problems that lead to homelessness are not being tackled, and that’s before we consider the impact of the SNPs £1.5billion worth of cuts to councils since 2011.

"These cuts threaten vital services and mean people fall through the cracks because they aren't getting the support they need.

"Later this week the SNP want MSPs to vote for a budget that cut tax for people on £100,000 a year while cutting funding for local services. These figures show that would be completely unacceptable.

"Labour has a plan to fix our housing crisis and tackle homelessness, by ensuring councils have the funding they need to support vulnerable people, reforming the private rented sector and building more homes for social rent."

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