Homelessness etc (Scotland) Bill

Part of the debate – in the Scottish Parliament at 4:06 pm on 5th March 2003.

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Photo of Lyndsay McIntosh Lyndsay McIntosh Conservative 4:06 pm, 5th March 2003

As I said, I appreciate that the proposed measure would have meant a bigger cost in the short term, but it would have created a long-term benefit.

I support the bill's aims but, without the proper financial backing, local authorities will not meet the high expectations of the bill. That is a bit like free personal care—we have the high expectation and then all the dither and delay about whether the policy will be achieved, yet the issue still remains a problem for some people.