£10 billion plan
Leonard pledges 120,000 homes to end homeless crisis
Richard Leonard: ‘a home for everyone’ (pic: Terry Murden)
Scottish Labour leader Richard Leonard will set out an ambitious £10 billion plan to eliminate the homeless crisis in Scotland.
He will say that a UK Labour government will fund the building of 120,000 homes from a National Transformation Fund.
The fund will invest £70bn into Scotland’s public services and economy with a landmark policy designed to end homelessness “once and for all”. Mr Leonard says the ten-year plan will create almost 50,000 jobs, but he gave no detail on how it would be funded.
“Labour will tackle Scotland’s housing crisis, we will provide a home for everyone – and we will end homelessness once and for all in Scotland,” he will tell an election rally.
“And in so doing, we will generate almost 50,000 jobs, here in Scotland – giving our young people the work and the skills they need to prosper.
Labour is the only alternative Government to a Boris Johnson Government.– Richard Leonard
“This is the transformation that a UK Labour government can make. A transformation that the SNP simply cannot deliver.
“And a transformation that the Liberal Democrats – whose leader yesterday confirmed that she would do all in her power to block the formation of a Labour government – cannot, and would not, deliver, even if they had the chance.”
Mr Leonard is launching his speech in the marginal constituency of Glasgow North, where in 2017 Pam Duncan-Glancy was just 1,060 votes away from seizing the seat from the SNP.
Reiterating the choice faced by voters in Scotland at the election, he will say: “Labour is the only alternative Government to a Boris Johnson Government.
“And Scotland has the power to decide if Boris Johnson or Jeremy Corbyn is Prime Minister. And the only way to get a Labour Government is to elect Labour MPs from Scotland. There is no short cut through the SNP.”