End the Homeless Hotel Shame: new campaign from Govan Law Centre & the Glasgow Times

In partnership with the Glasgow Times newspaper, Govan Law Centre is today launching a campaign to highlight the unacceptable conditions people are being subject to when they have nowhere else to turn.

We are calling on the hotel owners to be forced to improve the conditions of their properties and for the council to ensure a rigorous inspection regime is in place to give people a decent basic standard of accommodation at a time when they are at their most vulnerable.

In a nutshell, we are asking for action to end the homeless hotel shame.

Official figures, reported by the Glasgow Times earlier this year, show on April 1 the overall number of people in hotels and B&Bs was 1590, an increase from 1390 in January.

There were 52 families living in homeless B&B hotels, twice as many than on January 1, when it was 26. Women living in the hotels have also increased from 180 to 242 in April. The data showed there were 4201 breaches of the unsuitable accommodation order between January 1, 2023 and April 1, 2024.

All of the breaches were in hotel/bed and breakfast accommodation. The council has highlighted that if they didn’t use hotel and B&B accommodation then rough sleeping would be far higher.

Read more in the Glasgow Times here and follow the campaign over the next weeks and months (Thursday, 6 June 2024).

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