This is a report of the meeting on Housing and Homelessness in Edinburgh, which we held on 22nd April 2021. In our recent survey of how Edinburgh residents feel about councils services just under a half felt that housing services were poor and a similar proportions were unhappy with support for the homeless. In the rest of this post you can find a video record of all the contributions and then the outputs from the discussion groups.
The meeting was introduced and chaired by Robyn Kane
The first speaker was Gary Peden a member of the Unite City of Edinburgh Council Union branch
Gary was followed by Maddie Lou Barink who works for Shelter
Next up was Malcolm Fraser and Edinburgh based architect who talked about how we can build homes fit for people and fit for a sustainable future
Malcolm illustrated his talk with these slides.
Following Malcolm we heard from Willie Black. Willie is a member of Unite and a long-time campaigner in North Edinburgh
We then heard from council tenant Robin Ricci of her experiences of housing in Edinburgh
The final speaker was Pauline Nicol-Bowie from LIFT (low income families together)
We then broke into groups to share experiences and think about next steps. These slides summarise some of the points that were made. They are work in progress not the whole story. Please contact us by email to get involved in developing these ideas and helping take them forward.
We concluded by adopting this statement: