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Government urged to make homelessness act a reality

February 10 2012
Scottish Labour party urges government to “pull out all the stops”


The Scottish Labour party has urged the SNP Government to “pull out all the stops” to reach the “ambitious” target aimed at tackling homelessness.

The party’s infrastructure and capital investment spokesman Richard Baker MSP said: “Scottish Labour is proud of the groundbreaking legislation it passed back in 2003, but if we are to hit our ambitious 2012 target then we need to redouble our efforts this year.

“In difficult economic times, people are anxious to obtain and retain secure, affordable homes. People become homeless for all sorts of reasons and are among the most vulnerable people in our communities.

“I urge the SNP Government to pull out all the stops to make the 2012 target a reality.” When the Bill to eradicate homelessness was passed in March 2003, the then social justice minister, Labour’s Margaret Curran, said it would put Scotland “at the front of the line” among European nations in cutting homelessness.