We must tackle the causes of homelessness

Scottish homelessness charities are calling for the next government to take action after new figures revealed a sharp rise in the number of rough sleepers seeking shelter in Edinburgh and Glasgow this winter.


Maggie Chapman, co-convener of the Scottish Greens and housing spokesperson, said:


"We need urgent action on homelessness. It is a disgrace that we still have people without a home in the 21st century, and in one of the wealthiest countries in the world. 


"We must tackle the causes of homelessness: cuts to social care and mental health services, the increasing precarity of employment, and the high cost of housing. Scottish Greens are committed to fighting for positive change on all of these issues, to deal with homelessness in a holistic way.


"We must make sure our houses are used as homes, not as commodities for financial speculation."