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Curtailed council budgets making Scots housing crisis worse

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Councils are not meeting their statutory obligations on homelessness

A report from the Accounts Commission, warning of “severe strain” on local authority finances, points to a deepening housing emergency according to Shelter Scotland.

The housing and homelessness charity says the report must act as a wake-up call for the Scottish Government.

Record numbers of children in temporary accommodation and a failure to meet statutory obligations in terms of homelessness were highlighted as symptoms of councils’ constrained budgets.

The report also makes clear that the supply of social housing is insufficient to meet demand.

Shelter Scotland director, Alison Watson, said the report adds to the growing mountain of evidence that the housing emergency in Scotland is getting worse, not better.

“These are not abstract discussions; council’s imploding finances have real and direct impact on people’s lives,” she said.

“Record numbers of children trapped in temporary accommodation, failing homelessness services and a chronic shortage of social housing are having real consequences for communities across the country.

“The Scottish Government needs to wake-up to the reality of the housing emergency it is presiding over and take urgent action to deliver the social homes we so desperately need as well as the resources local homelessness services need to do their job.”