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Jackie Baillie, the Labour MSP for Dumbarton Constituency, has said that tenants are being “abandoned” by the SNP, as the Housing Secretary confirmed that the Tenant Hardship Grant Fund is still not up and running.

Support for tenants, both during and outwith the pandemic, is something that Jackie Baillie has pushed for, including when she called for an extension to the ban on evictions during the second wave of the virus.

Scottish Labour wrote to the Scottish Government asking for clarity on when this funding would be available. In a response received this week, Housing Secretary Shona Robison claimed development of the scheme is happening “at pace”, but failed to give a clear indication of when the fund would be set up and when money will actually be in people’s pockets.

Jackie Baillie, left, has dismissed the absurd claim that it was being developed at pace, given that it has been three months since the scheme was announced and four months since the evictions ban was scrapped, leaving tenants vulnerable to eviction.

Jackie Baillie MSP said: “Tenants have been abandoned for months while the pandemic rages on.  The claim anything is happening at pace would be laughable if the situation wasn’t so serious. We are facing a tidal wave of evictions and responsibility will lie squarely with the SNP.

“Their lack of urgency is nothing short of shameful. They must act now to deliver this funding and protect struggling tenants.”

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