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Urgent action needed on affordable housing, says Shelter

Charity Shelter has called for urgent action to tackle a lack of affordable rental housing amid warnings of a "generational gulf" between the housing haves and have-nots.

In its Manifesto for Homes, to be launched on Tuesday, the charity will call on the Scottish government to build 12,000 affordable rented homes each year for the next five years; do more to tackle the root causes of homelessness, have more support for private tenants and bring empty homes into use.

A lack of supply of suitable properties has been compounded by a skills shortage in the construction industry say the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors.

BBC Scotland's Steven Godden reports from Edinburgh.

  • 16 Feb 2016