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Capital expenditure

May 24th 2009
Figures just published show Edinburgh is paying to house more than four times as many homeless people as anywhere else in Scotland. By the latest reckoning, 900 people were placed in privately rented accommodation last year by the city council, compared to around 200 in Glasgow. Politicians and charities alike have continued to call for the construction of more council and social housing, but with building firms downing tools due to the credit crunch, the picture is likely to get worse. Edinburgh council contributes ¬¨¬£2 million a year to housing homeless people temporarily, either in B&Bs or in private flats, because there is simply not enough affordable housing available. While many areas in Scotland seem to be on the way to reaching the 2012 target of zero homelessness, including East, West and Midlothian, at its current pace Edinburgh will fall far short of the target. Leith councillor Gordon Munro, who has campaigned for more social housing, said: "It‚Äö?Ñ?¥s partly down to the capital city effect as well. More people are coming from other areas into Edinburgh because they know they‚Äö?Ñ?¥re more likely to get put in decent accommodation, and possibly quicker."

December 2008



Squatting empty homes

Let's stop the move-ons

2012 and all that

A grim prediction

Winter warning from Spain

A dozen overdoses

Credit crunch Christmas - young most at risk of homelessness

Obligatory shelters in France?

Five shot at homeless camp in LA

Lidl says sorry

Credit crunch Christmas - street sleepers double over six months

Squatting couple killed by teen brothers

Poncho is back

City move-on charity wins award

Alcohol-related death in Reading

Credit crunch Christmas - recession hits homeless charity

Royal visit

McKellen backs gay homeless charity

Russian bomb hoaxer seeks good food

Arlington House landlords under investigation

Secret suicide

Curating the homeless

The Terminal

Cold snap

What does the word 'recovery' mean?

The homeless heroes - the cast

Don't put your eggs in one basket!

Shelter Scotland is 40

The crunch that stole Christmas

Going for a song

Capital expenditure

Walk this way


Empty buildings warning

Affordable housing budget


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