A coalition of 19 charities, trade unions, church and business groups has formed to demand that housing be placed at the heart of the Scottish election debate.
The organisations, including Shelter Scotland, CBI Scotland and Unison argue that with 200,000 people on housing waiting lists and 8,000 in temporary accommodation, the country’s housing crisis cannot be ignored.
Shelter Scotland director Archie Stoddart said: “Housing has not had the attention it deserves during this election period. Whoever leads Scotland through its next term cannot afford to ignore the problem that is Scotland’s housing crisis. 2007 presents our best opportunity to increase investment in housing and build 30,000 affordable homes for rent over the next three years.”
A statement signed by all the organisations reads: “We believe a good home is the foundation for the well being of Scotland’s people in so many areas – health, education, a sustainable environment, community cohesion and a thriving economy.”
“We call on all political parties to put accessible, affordable and sustainable housing at the heart of their political agenda.”
Scotland goes to the polls on Thursday.