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Housing

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

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No, I will not.

In fact, by default, welfare reform will put pressure on the whole sector. There will be a £50 million drop in tenants’ income by 2014-15 as a result of the bedroom tax—which Labour discovered six months after we did. Those are not my statistics but those of Audit Scotland.

The report goes on to mention the other pressures, such as additional households, an increase in the number of single-person households, the changing demography and so on. Those issues are all pertinent to providing a stable economy and housing sector.

Several meaningful subjects and concerns were raised when I and some of my colleagues met the Scottish House Builders Association not all that long ago. I cannot recall a member of the Labour Party attending that meeting. The SHBA representatives did not talk at that time about the impact of independence on the housing market but about the lack of clarity around lending and mortgage support.

Lastly, I appeal to the Labour Party—