Pressing funding into social housing in Glasgow has been demanded following 5 suspected overdoses in two Glasgow inns inside 19 days.
Two of the victims had been on the Rennie Waterproof coat Station Hotel whereas three others died on the Queens Park Lodge within the south side, which has been described as a “drug den”.
The newest sufferer was Charlene Biggley, 41, a mom who was additionally discovered lifeless on the Rennie Waterproof coat on Tuesday this week.
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The Daily Record reviews that two of the victims on the Rennie Waterproof coat Station Lodge had been free from medicine after they had been admitted to the infamous institution.
A devastated member of the family instructed how Charlene had moved from her Kilmarnock residence to get away from medicine – however ended up dying of an overdose.
They stated: “Charlene has had a wrestle with habit and moved to Glasgow round 5 years in the past to get away from medicine. She had an issue with alcohol however she would all the time say that she wouldn’t die a drug addict and that was necessary to her.
“When she moved into the Rennie Waterproof coat a number of months age we knew there was a danger of her going again to medicine as a result of the place is awash with drug dealing and drug taking.
“It’s the final place on the world you’ll need a member of the family to finish up in the event that they had been attempting to type their lives out however she was instructed there was nowhere else for her to go.
“She ought to have been given assist for her habit, not caught in a horrible drug den.”
A 52-year-old man who additionally died on the resort on Might 14 begged a Glasgow Metropolis Council homelessness staff employee to seek out an alternative choice to the Rennie Waterproof coat as a consequence of its reference to overdose deaths.
A supply stated: “The employee is a completely respectable and conscientious particular person and needed to inform him there was nowhere else. They had been distraught to seek out out that the person had died. He had stated it was inevitable he’d succumb to medicine after a 12 months of abstinence if it was riddled with drug dealing.”
They added: “In Scotland folks have a authorized proper to housing however they’re being denied it. They’re being decanted into locations that are demise traps, with rooms being made out there with one demise and one other weak particular person being moved in.”
Different latest victims had been a 30-year-old man who died on Might 14 on the Queens Park Lodge, whereas a 49-year-old lady and 60-year-old man had been additionally confirmed lifeless on the identical day, Thursday, Might 4.
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Alison Watson, Director of Shelter Scotland, stated the Scottish Authorities has failed to fulfill its pledge to construct extra social housing for weak folks.
She stated: “As soon as once more in Scotland folks have misplaced their lives whereas being denied their proper to housing.
“That anybody ought to die with out someplace to name house is outrageous, that they need to spend their final days caught and forgotten in depressing momentary lodging is shameful.
“The Scottish Authorities ought to have way back stated ‘no extra’ and dedicated itself to delivering the social properties we have to lastly eradicate homelessness.
“As an alternative, the price range has been slashed and social housing supply is slowing down at a time when it urgently have to speed up.”
She added: “These tragedies weren’t inevitable, they have to not be accepted and easily can’t be allowed to occur once more.
“It’s clearly improper for folks to be thrown into momentary lodging which may’t hope to supply them with the help they want, nevertheless it retains occurring.
“The power scarcity of social housing throughout Scotland is why we’ve got such an over-reliance on shoddy momentary lodging. Till that scarcity is addressed folks will proceed to endure.”
A Glasgow Metropolis Council spokesperson stated: “Glasgow HSCP Homelessness Providers has supplied greater than 36,000 affords of emergency lodging within the final three years leading to traditionally low numbers of tough sleeping remaining at single figures. Lodge/BnB provision accounts for roughly 15 per cent of all emergency lodging, with the overwhelming majority residing in momentary furnished or supported lodging.
“Given the life-style and complexity of want inside the homelessness inhabitants there stays a danger of early mortality.”
In April it was revealed by the Museum of Homelessness that at the very least 157 homeless Scots died final 12 months, taking the entire in simply three years to 518.
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