Orkney’s MSP, Liam McArthur, has signed Shelter Scotland’s petition to have the right to a decent home enshrined in Scots Law.
The campaign was launched after research conducted by YouGov for Shelter Scotland found that 88% of people surveyed agreed that everyone in Scotland should have a legal right to a safe, secure and affordable home and that 76% support a new law being created in Scotland for adequate housing for everyone in the country.
The research also found that 78% support Shelter Scotland campaigning for stronger human rights in relation to housing.
Mr McArthur commented:
“Everyone should have the right to an affordable home that is safe, secure and comfortable for them to live in. In this day and age, we should not accept a situation where anyone is forced into choosing between living in appalling conditions that can do significant harm to their physical and mental health, or face sleeping on the streets.
“I’m therefore pleased to support Shelter Scotland’s campaign to ensure the right to appropriate housing is enshrined in law and that people are made aware of their housing rights.
“This right must be supported by the investment necessary to deliver the housing stock we need, but is an important step towards ending what has become a housing emergency in many communities across Scotland.”
Launching the campaign, Graeme Brown, Director of Shelter Scotland, said:
“Too many people in Scotland don’t have access to the basic right of a decent and affordable home – which is simply wrong in the 21st century in one of the world’s wealthiest countries.
“There are more than 14,000 homeless children currently in Scotland and nearly 11,000 households in temporary accommodation. We also have rising numbers of people sleeping rough across the country. The evidence is clear - people’s rights to a home need to be significantly strengthened.
“Through this campaign we want the people of Scotland to know that a good home is their right – not a privilege - and it should be law.”