Iain Gray MSP is backing Shelter’s Wake Up Scotland campaign to raise awareness of the plight of homeless households in Scotland this Christmas and the poor quality of temporary accommodation they are often forced to live in.
The charity says that nearly 5,000 children in Scotland will wake up in temporary accommodation on Christmas Day this year. It is calling on the Scottish Government to adopt guidelines on minimum standards of temporary accommodation and give families the legal right to challenge the appalling conditions they are often forced to live in.
In December last year, Shelter helped more than 1000 people at risk of becoming homeless over the festive period. In June this year, there were 10,471 households in temporary accommodation across Scotland with 155,100 families and individuals on council waiting lists. The main causes of homelessness include relationship breakdowns and job and income losses leading to eviction or home repossession.
Iain Gray MSP said:
“The fact that so many children in Scotland will spend this Christmas living in temporary accommodation is an absolute tragedy. I am pleased to back Shelter’s call for the Scottish Government to commit to a set of guidelines for standards in temporary accommodation and to change the law so families can challenge the appalling conditions they are often forced to live in.
“Local people can support the campaign by visiting Shelter’s website and sending an e-Christmas Card to the First Minister Alex Salmond to say they support the charity’s call to help children and families living in temporary accommodation at Christmas and throughout the year.”
You can show your support for the campaign by visiting http://scotland.shelter.org.uk/get_involved/wake_up_scotland