Scottish church leaders call for investment in affordable housing

Posted by Kendall Harmon

At the opening of Poverty and Homelessness Action Week, leaders of Christian churches in Scotland are calling for intensive investment in affordable housing.

The Rt Rev David Lunan, Moderator of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland, together with twelve other church leaders, today endorsed a call from Scottish Churches Housing Action for a return to post-war levels of affordable house-building as a way of avoiding the worst effects of the recession.

The call comes in a paper sent by Scottish Churches Housing Action to First Minister Alex Salmond MSP, Chancellor of the Exchequer Alistair Darling MP and other political leaders.

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Posted January 29, 2009 at 8:30 am [Printer Friendly] [Print w/ comments]

1. Byzantine wrote:

IAre there large numbers of otherwise steadily-employed Scots with literally nowhere to live for lack of “affordable housing?”  In my experience with the homeless, the overwhelming majority are individuals with alcohol and drug induced mental problems who are simply incapable of maintaining a household.  That is not to say such unfortunate people should not be provided shelter, but they are incapable of the steady employment needed to pay any kind of mortgage or rent.  Even if you gave them the place for free, in a month it would be a flophouse for all their alcoholic and drug addict buddies.  Thus, I am curious as to the specific problem “affordable housing” is supposed to solve.

January 29, 12:49 pm | [comment link]
2. magnolia wrote:

i think it is much more expensive to live in the UK than here. granted i haven’t been there in quite awhile but petrol and property were quite out of my range…

January 29, 1:42 pm | [comment link]
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