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    [Submitted by A MacFadyen]

    I have read the proposed housing charter, and I am about to point out my opinion on two areas.

    Travellers and Gypsy sites.

    Local authorities in Scotland state that they provide sites for above, what they are neglecting to do is adhere to the law, on common ground, where for hundreds of years travellers have had the right to camp, and stay, the local authorities are using the police to issue threats, and conditions to the travellers within 12 hours of them camping, this is wrong.

    As a scottish person who can trace my genetic link for several generations, and I am not of travelling stock, but can sympathise that authorities are bending the rules to uphold prejudicies of non travelling people, this has to be stopped, if it is an equal opportunity country then it is for all people in the country of Scotland. The local authorities have to be able to uphold the "law of Scotland" for the benefit of the people of Scotland, be they travellers, gypsy or common people. They should stop the bigotry which is in existence today and make it fair and equal. As Local Authorities making sites available for travellers, they are entitled to the same deal as the rest of the people, they should not only have a small building which houses a toilet, sink, and a room for washing machines, they should be able to have plumbed water to their static caravans if this is what they want, they are paying local authorities a weekly charge for these building plus council tax, and as such they should have the same entitlements as those in houses or settled dwellings. The local authorities should provide toilets, and bins on common ground camping, it is usually only for the summer, or when needed.

    The second Area

    Social Housing charter for elderly.

    This is also a can of worms, as stated in earlier discussions all people whether they have a court record are paedophiles, murderers, etc., etc., having served their time are entitled without prejudice to the rights of a home, be it with a housing association or private landlord.Have a mental health illness and deemed fit to be living "as normal" in a community have the same rights as everyone else.No one has the right to pick and choose their neighbours, but as a nation there are a lot of people can remember the "wars" also the extreme cases of child abuse, the murderers, and the less fortunate, conversation and rumours start, and then snowball about who has just got a tenancy, as housing associations have to rent to everyone there choice of people should not interfere about what has gone before, but unfortunately, this appears to be happening already, and when the new Scottish Housing Charter comes into force in 2015 it will have to obey the law of the land, it will be very difficult to re-educate people who feel they have a grudge, and understandingly it is very difficult to reassure people when "staff and management" feel they do not have all the facts. It is going to be about information and rights, and not as present about people.

    I am at present a tenant in a housing association, and a member of the Partnership Forum, Bield Housing Association. This is just my opinion.

    From Ian Spence, Social Housing Division - 23/05/2011
    Tagged as: allocations, gypsies and travellers

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