STUC housing lobby: the start of a campaign for a massive house building programme in the council and housing authority sector

February 11th 2009

Housing workers and tenants groups will today (Thursday 12 February) lobby the Scottish Parliament calling for a significant increase in house building in Scotland.

The lobby will be followed by a meeting in the Parliament at 12.30 with MSPs which will be addressed by a range of housing organisations and experts.

Scottish Trades Union Congress (STUC) Deputy General Secretary Dave Moxham said:

“Given the need for at least 10,000 extra affordable homes in Scotland and with thousands of construction workers idle, now has never been a better time for expanding house building in Scotland.

“Unfortunately the Scottish Government proposals for watering down levels of Housing Association Grant and adopting a “lead developer” strategy will have the opposite effect.

“Equally, the failure at UK government level to allow a level playing field for direct council house building is restricting the ability of local authorities to meet housing need through new build and much needed repairs.

“Over the next few months we will be working with a range of housing groups, as well as tenant’s organisations and local trade union organisations to build the pressure real increases in support for public and voluntary housing and the write off of historical council house debt.”

ENDS

Operational Note Photographers and media welcome Lobby of the Scottish Parliament ‘Scotland’s housing in crisis’ Assemble 11.15am Thursday 12th February 2009 Scottish Parliament Public Entrance

For further information contact Dave Moxham, STUC Deputy General Secretary 0141 337 8100

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