Monday, 9 December 2013
Last Friday, along with a number of my councillor colleagues, I was in the City Square to support Shelter Scotland's campaign day where Shelter representatives were handing out Christmas stockings to people who’d like to donate gifts by filling the Christmas stockings and handing them in to the Shelter Scotland shop in Perth Road.
Shelter will be giving the gifts received to children living in temporary accommodation that Shelter works with. I am pictured (above) at the campaign day in the City Square and (below) with my councillor colleagues.
As Shelter advised us, "As part of our Christmas campaign we’re also campaigning for better standards in temporary accommodation. Accessing good quality temporary accommodation is an important part of delivering the 2012 commitment, and it’s the crucial first step away from homelessness.
"For that reason, it is vital that the 10,494 households in temporary accommodation in Scotland, including 4,574 homeless children get a good and consistent service and that time spent in temporary accommodation is a positive move away from crisis.
Unfortunately too many homeless families will be living in poor quality temporary accommodation this Christmas. We’re therefore calling on the Scottish Government to guarantee minimum standards for families in temporary accommodation."
Find out more about Shelter Scotland's work at www.scotland.shelter.org.uk.