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Crisis responds to the SNP manifesto

Today (Wednesday 19 June), the SNP launched its manifesto for the 2024 general election. It states the need to tackle the Housing Emergency through investment in the Capital Budget and for an annual uplift of Local Housing Allowance.

The manifesto also calls for the two-child benefit cap to be scrapped.

It also states that it wants to bring an end to No Recourse to Public Funds, as a condition on someone’s immigration status. It calls for asylum seekers to be granted the right to work and for changes in the way accommodation is provided to people seeking asylum, to ensure their safety and dignity.

Responding to the manifesto Matt Downie, Chief Executive of Crisis, said: “We strongly welcome the SNP manifesto recognising the need to tackle the Housing Emergency, through investment in the Capital Budget.

“There are now a record number of people experiencing homelessness in Scotland, with almost 10,000 children living in Temporary Accommodation. We can’t afford to sit back and watch as more people are forced to experience the trauma of homelessness.

“By building more social and affordable homes and creating a welfare system that allows people to live in dignity, we can make sure everyone has a safe, secure place to call home.”