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Crisis responds to Scottish Government announcement on measures to protect vulnerable during Coronavirus outbreak

Today, Wednesday 18 March, the Cabinet Secretary for Communities and Local Government, Aileen Campbell MSP, delivered a Ministerial Statement setting out how the Scottish Government was responding to the COVID-19 outbreak, and how it would support communities during this time.

Matt Downie, Director of Policy and External Affairs at Crisis, said: “We strongly welcome news that the Scottish Government is working with hotels and other tourist accommodation to create immediate support for those sleeping rough during this uncertain time. It is crucial that we see this happen right across Scotland.

“However, we can go further to help the most vulnerable in our society. We call on the Scottish Government to do more for people who are currently renting – it is essential that they are assured that, if needed, they will be supported to keep a roof over their head during this difficult time. It is also vital that we see the immediate suspension of all evictions for social and private tenants.

“We must all work together to ensure people experiencing homelessness get the support they need during this outbreak. We are keen to work with the Scottish Government and others to deliver a coordinated plan which will ensure people experiencing homelessness have immediate access to appropriate housing, and ultimately make sure everything is done to ensure that rates of homelessness do not soar because of the outbreak."