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‘End the Wait’ housing campaign in Kirkwall

Shelter Scotland is in Kirkwall tomorrow, Friday, as part of a 33-date tour of Scotland to gather public support for its End the Wait campaign – which calls on the Scottish Government to deliver a big increase in the number of much-needed council and housing association homes.

Across Scotland, there are currently 123,000 households on waiting lists for a home.  Of those, according to Shelter Scotland, more than 664 are in Orkney.

The charity is taking to the streets of cities and towns the length and breadth of Scotland to get local politicians and members of the public to sign up to the campaign before presenting the results to the housing minister in Holyrood.

Graeme Brown, director at Shelter Scotland, said: “The housing crisis in Scotland is not going away.  123,000 households across Scotland have been waiting for months and years for a permanent home of their own. They can’t afford to wait any longer.

“That’s why we want as many people as possible to sign our petition to show their concern about the lack of housing and to call on the Scottish Government to build 6,000 new socially-rented houses this year and in each of the next four years.”