MSP's Calls For MoD Homes To Be Used For Homeless Finally Answered
After years of calls from SNP MSP for Edinburgh Pentlands, Gordon MacDonald, the empty Ministry of Defence homes in Edinburgh are set to be utilised to help tackle the housing shortage.
The local MSP has been calling for the housing to be used for several years, he has previously raised the issue in the Scottish Parliament and has written to numerous UK government Defence secretaries requesting the empty MoD homes in Edinburgh be used to help homeless people across the city.
In 2021, it was revealed that nearly 11,000 MoD homes were empty across the UK, with 900 unused in Scotland – a number that has barely changed in years. These homes have been left empty for years instead of being put to good use for those in need.
Commenting SNP MSP Gordon MacDonald said, "I am delighted to see the empty MoD homes in Edinburgh will now be put to good use. This very welcome news is not before time.
"It was never right that so many homes were left lying empty which is why I have long been calling for them to be used to help people whose lives would benefit from being housed in the properties.
"I hope that this news now translates into action quickly so that we can have as many people living in safe and warm homes as possible."