State of Scotland’s housing in decline under the SNP
Three-quarters of homes in Scotland have “some form of disrepair”, a substantial increase on the previous year, a report has revealed.
The Scottish Government published its analysis into the state of the country’s homes today.
The Scottish House Condition Survey also revealed 57 per cent of properties have “disrepair to critical elements”, a seven per cent rise.
Even the number of homes requiring urgent repairs increased in 2018 from 28 per cent to 30 per cent.
The Scottish Conservatives said the data showed the SNP government was failing to ensure existing properties were properly maintained, as well as not building enough new homes.
Scottish Conservative housing spokesman Graham Simpson said:
“The SNP is overseeing a housing crisis in Scotland.
“Not only do we not have enough homes generally, but the housing we do have is simply not of a high enough standard, and things are getting worse.
“The SNP has been in charge of housing for almost 13 years, and has to take full responsibility for this decline in standards.
“The nationalists like to talk a good game on poverty and living conditions but, like everything else, they completely fail to deliver in practice.”
Notes to editors:
The full report is here:
It shows the following percentages of homes in disrepair:
2018 – 75 per cent
2017 – 68 per cent
2016 – 68 per cent
2015 – 73 per cent
2014 – 73 per cent
The following number of homes have disrepair to “critical elements”:
2018 – 57 per cent
2017 – 50 per cent
2016 – 48 per cent
2015 – 52 per cent
2014 – 53 per cent
New Year A&E record reveal Scotland’s GP crisis
A record-breaking number of people attending accident and emergency in the first week of January is a symptom of the country’s GP crisis, the Scottish Conservatives have said.
New figures have revealed 26,415 turned up to casualty departments in those seven days, the highest since weekly recording of the statistics began in 2016.
That’s a 2000 rise on four years ago, and reveals the immense pressure hospitals are under as people struggle to find primary care alternatives.
The hike comes despite this winter bringing no flu epidemic or severe weather, both of which are challenges that have occurred in previous years.
Last weekend, the Royal College of GPs said “sustained under-funding over the last decade” had impacted areas like A&E units.
Shadow health secretary Miles Briggs pointed out that’s a decade in which the SNP has had full control over the NHS in Scotland.
In 2008, the SNP government actually promised to reduce A&E admissions, but the numbers have only risen since that time.
All the while, GP practices have closed, average practice lists increased by 15 per cent, and scores of family doctors have left the profession.
Scottish Conservative shadow health secretary Miles Briggs said:
“There’s now no question that a rise in people going to A&E is linked to the GP crisis caused by the SNP.
“Patients say it, doctors themselves say it, and after 13 years in charge of the NHS, the SNP has no-one to blame but itself.
“For years we have warned the nationalists that a lack of primary care alternatives will force more and more people into casualty units which are already struggling to cope.
“Those warnings have been ignored, which is why we saw a record number of admissions in the first week of January.”
Notes to editors:
ISD Scotland weekly A&E figures revealed the following number of attendances in the first week of January:
2020 – 26,415
2019 – 26.047
2018 – 25,323
2017 – 25,125
2016 – 24,452
The Royal College of GPs warned about underfunding last weekend:
In 2008, the SNP government actually promised to reduce A&E admissions: