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Housing

Part of the debate – in the Scottish Parliament on 4th December 2013.

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Photo of James Kelly James Kelly Labour

No. I am not taking any interventions from you, minister. As I said, it has taken you 15 months to get here.

The IFS report from a couple of weeks ago mentions the £3 billion black hole—that is why the house builders are concerned about the impact of independence. Even if people were looking for answers, as many members have pointed out, they cannot find the details in the white paper. It has two and a half pages on housing, which includes a half-page colour picture of housing. There is no detail—there are no numbers; no figures. As the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Scotland pointed out this morning, where is the detail? Where are the numbers? Those are pertinent issues for ICAS and others to raise.

A number of important issues were raised in the debate. Jackie Baillie made a substantive contribution in which she highlighted the problem of homelessness, and pointed out that there are—unfortunately—a good number of rough sleepers in communities throughout Scotland and an increase in the use of temporary accommodation. The Government should address those issues.