Unite Scotland is backing calls for a national strategy to tackle Scotland’s social housing crisis and create new jobs in construction.
The union was commenting following news that Scottish Labour deputy leader Alex Rowley MSP had written to raise the issue with the Scottish Government.
Unite Scottish secretary Pat Rafferty said: “A home is a human right, and too many people in Scotland are unable to find suitable accommodation that they can afford. Young people are suffering in particular - we have found that 86% of Unite members under 25 years old are living with their parents.
“There is a massive need for investment in housing in Scotland, and especially social housing that people can afford, built and owned by councils and housing associations.
“This investment will also help us address Scotland’s jobs crisis, creating new opportunities for skilled work and apprenticeships.
“We welcome the call for a new National House Build Strategy and would work closely with councils, housing associations, developers and the Scottish Government to ensure its success.”
Research by Unite has found that for every £1 spent on housing construction, an extra £2.09 is generated in the economy, with direct future savings in tax and benefit payments.
For each home built, 1.5 direct jobs are created with estimates ranging from between an additional 2 and up to 4 jobs created in the wider supply chain.
For further information contact Unite Scotland Media & Communications Officer David Eyre on 07960 451631. Email firstname.lastname@example.org
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For more information on Unite’s campaign for housing investment, a copy of our housing charter ‘A Home is a Human Right’ can be downloaded from here.