MSP backs campaign for more social housing

A CAMPAIGN to make politicians prioritise building thousands more socially-rented housing hit Kirkcaldy at the weekend, urging locals to call on the Government to ‘End the Wait’ for social housing.

Homeless charity Shelter Scotland took to the High Street on Saturday as part of a 33-date tour of Scotland to gather public support for more homes, with hundreds of people signing up to the campaign.

Murdo Mathison, Shelter Scotland’s campaign manager, said: “The housing crisis in Scotland is not going away. 156,000 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.”

The charity was joined by Mid Scotland and Fife MSP Claire Baker, who is backing the campaign. She said: “I had no hesitation in signing Shelter Scotland’s pledge card.

“Across Fife there are currently 10,513 households on waiting lists for a home but only this week the SNP Government announced a huge 50 per cent cut in affordable housing investment.”

Building started earlier this year on the first council houses in almost 20 years in Kirkcaldy.