West Dunbartonshire Council have declared a housing emergency in the area.

Councillor Gurpreet Singh Johal, who is the convener of Housing and Communities, today made the declaration urging the Scottish Government to review the decision to cut the Affordable Housing Supply Programme allocation to West Dunbartonshire by 27 per cent (£2.873m) for 2024/25.

He advised that the council found itself with no choice but to declare a housing emergency because of stark figures including over 5500 households on the council’s housing waiting lists, 274 people living in temporary accommodation and over 1000 homeless assessments being carried out.

The motion received cross-party support and will now involve the Council engaging with both internal and external partners to map out a way forward.

He said: "It is devastating that the circumstances we find ourselves in mean that we now have to declare a housing emergency.

“Unfortunately, despite the best efforts of the staff in our Housing department, our tenant representatives in the community and external partners, the reduction in funding for affordable housing along with pressures on meeting the needs of current tenants has given us no option.

“This decision has not been taken lightly but I sincerely hope that this can help lead us on the path of greater stability for everyone in our communities, especially those who are facing homelessness and unstable accommodation.”

Vice convener of Housing, councillor Hazel Sorrell, added: “I want to place on record my thanks for the dedication and effort which staff within the Housing department continue to put in to mitigate the impacts of external factors on our ability to provide safe, affordable homes for our citizens.

“We now find ourselves in a situation where we urgently require additional resources to help us deal with the pressures which have had an adverse impact on housing within our communities.”