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Churches charity urges government to meet housing targets

November 2nd 2010

Scottish Churches Housing Action has warned that the government may not meet its homelessness targets unless it increases its efforts. In 2003, the Scottish Government committed to providing available housing for all homeless people by 2012. However, the recent recession and public spending cuts have cast doubt on whether this can be achieved.

Alastair Cameron, the chief executive of Scottish Churches Housing Action, said: "Scotland hasn't been building enough new affordable homes to meet the target, and the current spending cuts mean that councils won't be able to maintain the support arrangements that are vital.

"Central and local government and the voluntary sector all have roles to play in reaching this ambitious and historic target."

The concerns have been outlined in a letter to First Minister Alex Salmond and call upon the government to take a "strong lead" on homelessness. Recent figures showed that 21 of Scotland's 32 local authorities are on track to meet the target, but a great deal more work is required to meet the 2012 deadline.


November 2010



London's hub

Why Rochester Row?

Over 1,800 convicted under Vagrancy Act

Estimates of ex-service homelessness exaggerated, claims charity

Gone, but not forgotten

A thousand cuts

Boris slammed by homelessness charity

Big Society event

Sleep outs spark debate

Homeless charities gear up for cuts

Children held for fire attack on homeless man in Jamaica

Housing associations treble surpluses

Homeless hate crime passed in Florida

Homeless tours of London

Punks party for the homeless

In from the cold

Ex-homeless Mr England

Housing benefit help

Council strategy restricts emergency beds

First new council homes in a generation

Evictions fall by a third

New changes to housing law

Churches charity urges government to meet housing targets

World Aids Day - 1 December

Could cuts see the return of hostels?

Street Shield 18: A mystery to solve


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