Monday 1 March 2010

Petitions Committee holds evidence session on 'slum' housing

Scottish Government Housing Minister Alex Neil MSP and Cllr Steven Purcell, the leader of Glasgow City Council, will give evidence to the Public Petitions Committee meeting tomorrow (2 March 2010).

Anne Lear, Director of the Govanhill Housing Association has submitted a petition on behalf of the local community urging the Scottish Government to conduct an inquiry into the responsibilities of private landlords, below-standard social housing and the impact of slum living conditions on the health and well-being of residents. The petition was drafted with help from Govanhill Law Centre.

Committee Convener Frank McAveety MSP said: “Govanhill presents a particular housing challenge and this is a petition on behalf of local residents asking for help from national and local government. The hope is that they will be listened to by the key decision-makers who are gathered round the table.”

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