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Thousands wait decade for social housing

MORE than 13,000 people in Scotland have been on council waiting lists for a home for 10 years or more.

The figure was revealed by Liberal Democrats, who collected data from 22 of the country's 32 local councils.The LibDems said families and individuals were being forced to put "their life on hold for over a decade".

The party found that of 170,351 people on council waiting lists for social housing, 33,334 had been waiting at least five years, with 13,021 waiting for a decade or more.

LibDem housing spokesman Jim Hume demanded action from the Scottish Government, saying the SNP had reneged on promises to build more social housing.

A Scottish Government spokeswoman said it was committed to providing affordable social housing.

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