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Rural homeless

July 10 2009
Housing is the number one issue in Scottish countryside, says Shelter Scotland People facing homelessness in rural Scotland should not be allowed to become second-class citizens. That was the warning from Shelter Scotland responding to the findings of the Scottish Parliament's Rural Housing Inquiry. The report shows that an estimated 29 per cent of housing association lets in rural areas go to homeless people. This demonstrates that people on waiting lists continue to get the lion's share of new homes that become available to let. Graeme Brown of Shelter Scotland said, "The Committee has produced a substantial report which correctly identifies the acute shortage of affordable housing as the root cause of tensions in rural Scotland. Their findings add yet more weight to the argument that housing is the number one issue for rural Scotland. "Any attempt to water down the 2012 legal commitment to end homelessness in Scotland would make second class citizens of homeless people in rural Scotland."