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16 February 2016, 06:37
A devastating generational gulf is emerging between people with and without homes that will only be bridged by doubling the supply of affordable housing, a charity has warned.
Over two-thirds (69%) of people in Scotland think it is harder to buy or rent a home now than when their parents were a similar age, and nine-tenths think it will be even harder for their own children, a survey conducted for Shelter Scotland suggests.
The results of the Ipsos Mori poll of 1,028 adults have been published to support Shelter's Manifesto for Homes designed to inform policymaking ahead of the Holyrood election in May.
Nearly nine-tenths (87%) of respondents said Scotland will never tackle its "housing crisis" unless many more affordable homes are built.
The charity is calling for the current supply of affordable housing to be doubled through the creation of 12,000 new properties a year for the next five years.
Graeme Brown, director of Shelter Scotland, said: "Scotland's housing crisis risks creating a devastating generational gulf between the housing haves and have nots.
"The high cost of housing and the stuttering supply of new affordable homes set against high and rising demand are at the heart of this crisis.
"Sadly, it is those on the lowest incomes and the most vulnerable people in our society who will bear the brunt of the housing crisis unless drastic and bold action is taken now.
"We want to see an end to housing-related poverty and homelessness in 21st century Scotland and our Manifesto for Homes outlines the four commitments we want all politicians to make to tackle our housing crisis head on.
"We urge all political parties to use the 12,000 target for new affordable homes as a benchmark for their ambitions to bring real hope to the thousands of people in Scotland without a suitable or affordable home while also delivering a major boost to jobs and the economy.''