Joe has launched a campaign for better housing.
The Kilwinning Councillor and MSP candidate for Cunninghame South launched Home Sweet Home on Saturday 27th June with a group of local Labour Party members.
Despite there being almost 5000 families on the housing waiting list in North Ayrshire, and over 150,000 across Scotland, the number of social houses built in 2014 fell by 24% on the previous year. The Scottish Government have cut the housing capital budget by 30%.
Almost 6000 families in North Ayrshire now live in private rented accommodation and the number of Scots doing so has more than doubled, from 5% to 13%, since 1999.
The campaign aims to engage with local residents on housing issues – sharing their own experiences and discussing their housing priorities. An online survey has been launched as part of the campaign.
Speaking after the launch Joe said,
“I have launched Home Sweet Home because we face a housing crisis.”
“There are over 150,000 families stuck on housing waiting lists in Scotland, with almost 5000 in North Ayrshire alone, due to a shortage of social housing whilst first time buyers, particularly the young, can’t get on the housing ladder.”
“For far too many their housing options are limited – they are simply forced into the private rented sector where tenancies are often insecure, expensive and they can experience problems with the condition of the property.”
“Housing is not a commodity, it is a basic right and good quality housing changes people’s lives. It therefore shouldn’t be the case that only those who can afford to buy it can have housing options. I want everyone to have that basic right.”
“I have my own ideas on how we can achieve this but with Home Sweet Home I hope I can run an engaging campaign on a very important issue that takes people’s own experiences and shows them how, by making political choices, we can deliver better housing for everyone.”
“I am looking forward to getting out and speaking to local residents about housing over the coming weeks and months.”
Take the Home Sweet Home survey - http://www.joecullinane.co.uk/homesweethome