Shelter Scotland launches campaign for signatures

Rethink renting Campaign. MSP Christine Grahame signs the campaign petition at the launsh in Galashiels as Murdo Mathison and Debbie King of  Shelter Scotland get the lauch under way.
Rethink renting Campaign. MSP Christine Grahame signs the campaign petition at the launsh in Galashiels as Murdo Mathison and Debbie King of Shelter Scotland get the lauch under way.
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A campaign to make private renting more affordable has reached the streets of Galashiels, writes Jason Holland.

Shelter Scotland’s Debbie King and Murdo Mathison were in high spirits as they collected signatures for the charity’s crusade.

Mr Mathison said: “There has been a good response and we look forward to seeing even more people.

“We will try to get 150 signatures by the end of the day.”

Christine Graham MSP for Midlothian South, Tweeddale and Lauderdale, also turned up to see how things were going and aid their campaign.

The scheme is calling on the Scottish Goverment to positively reform of the private sector, which is now home to more than 290,000 families and individuals across Scotland.

Shelter Scotland’s hope is to make private renting affordable, safe, secure and fit for families.

Graeme Brown, director of Shelter Scotland, commented: “Too often we hear of people being moved on, evicted or rents increased unreasonably, forcing people into the destructive and unsettling cycle of having to move house – every six months in some cases – preventing them from ever being able ro put down strong roots or build a stable enviroment in which to live.”