Shelter hits the streets to campaign for more socially rented houses

GALASHIELS will be the venue for the launch of Shelter Scotland’s End the Wait campaign tomorrow.

Murdo Mathison, campaigns and public affairs manager with the charity, will take to the streets of the Borders town to ask politicians to prioritise building thousands more much-needed council and housing association homes.

Across Scotland, there are currently 160,000 households on waiting lists for a home.

Shelter Scotland want members of the public and local politicians to sign up to the campaign before presenting the results to housing minister Keith Brown at the Scottish Parliament.

Mr Mathison said: “We are in Galashiels as part of our End the Wait campaign to ask members of the public and local politicians to back our call to the Scottish Government to make housing a national priority and build thousands more socially-rented houses.

“The housing crisis in Scotland is not going away. A total of 160,000 households across Scotland have been waiting for months and years for a permanent home of their own. They can’t afford to wait any longer.

“That’s why we want as many people as possible to sign our petition to show their concern about the lack of housing and to call on the Scottish Government to build 6,000 new socially-rented houses this year and in each of the next four years.”