Absolutely! But context?

In the Herald today:

Calls are being made for tens of thousands more social homes to be built in Scotland amid concerns the lack of it stops people leaving an abusive partner. Figures from Shelter Scotland show 4,832 applications were made to councils from people experiencing homelessness who said they left their old address due to violence or abuse, between April 2019 and March.

I’m all for Shelter Scotland. I have a charitable standing order and recycle my book purchase through them. I’ve given them several kids bikes over the years.

But, this report needs a little background context on social housing in Scotland

Here’s some:


The table above shows the level of house building including social housing, in Scotland since 2008. The contrast with England, 10 times the population, is stark:

Here’s some more:

From Housing Statistics for Scotland Quarterly Update published by the Scottsish Government yesterday:

Between 2007/08 and 2017/18, the annual average supply of affordable housing per head of population in Scotland has been 13.4 homes per 10,000 population, higher than England (9.5 homes per 10,000 population), Wales (7.6 homes per 10,000 population), and Northern Ireland (10.2homes per 10,000 population). In 2018/19 the figures were 17.5 homes per 10,000 population in Scotland, 10.2 in England, and 8.2 in Wales.

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5 thoughts on “Absolutely! But context?

  1. O/T.

    BBC Radio2 at 3.30 Steve Wright has just announced that” Covid infections are levelling off in England, falling in N. I. and Wales, . . . But R I S I N G in Scotland. ”

    In Scotland today’s infection rate was 4.7% of those tested.
    That’s a reduction on previous days!

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  2. The Scottish Gov was building or renovations 6,000 houses a year. For five years. (30,000) 50,000 people die in Scotland a year. Mostly from old age. There are 17,000 houses built by private house builders a year. Within 5 years there will be enough houses a year, 23,000 a year. Plus number of houses coming in the market because of people dying.

    Within five years there would be enough houses. There are enough houses but some are in areas not inhabited because of lack of employment or amenities. Other places are overcrowded.

    Women who cohabit, the majority, have no automatic rights, They have to put in a claim within a year. (1/3). They have to sue for their rights. It cost £thousands in legal fees. Many cannot afford it. Legal aid is none existent, unless children are involved. It has to be paid back from any settlement. Abused women cannot afford to sue. They have to leave the house.

    Rental agencies, illegally, demand 6 months up front rent. . Even if women have excellent credit scores and finances. It makes it difficult for woman to find alternative accommodation. Even it they have finances. Legal action is so expensive. Lawyers will not undertake it. Women who co habit have not automatic legal rights. So they can be trapped in abusive situations.

    There are consultations to give co habitee automatic rights but it takes too long. It has been going on forever. The legal profession makes too much remuneration for complex legal cases. Married women are entitled to 1/2 but often have to fight for their rights as well. It is a scandal.

    No wonder women are abused and cannot leave. No legal rights. Or have to spend £thousands on legal fees to get their rights enforced. They can still lose out. If they cannot afford it. Change the Law.

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  3. Labour built a handful of council houses in their ten years at the helm at Holyrood, the SNP are having to repair the damage of decades and more, it will take some time to catch up, they have made good progress, but, money, the coffers must be being stretched right now, and ENgGov are squeezing Scotland’s ‘budget’ till the pips squeak. I haven’t looked at Sunak’s treasury report, but it didn’t sound good for Scotland, to say the very least.
    Devolution without fiscal autonomy, for a whole nation, with their own government, it’s freakin ridiculous, independence is only way to stop the EngGov sanctions on Scotland. .


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