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Why have Scotland’s politicians failed to solve our chronic housing crisis? » Scottish Socialist Party
by Róisín McLaren – SSP national co-spokesperson Few would deny Scotland faces a housing crisis which inflicts real hardship on hundreds of thousands of families every day. With 200,000 people on the housing waiting list, it will take them 20 years, at the current rate, to secure decent accommodation – since fewer than 1,000 new homes were built for rent in the public sector last year. With the average price of a house now £200,000, it is well out of reach of most people – at eight times the average wage. Meanwhile, the average rent in the private sector is £650/month – and that gets you little more than a small flat. » Read more »