Malcolm stresses the need for extra funding for Edinburgh to tackle homelessness
Homelessness - meeting the 2012 target Malcolm Chisholm (Edinburgh North and Leith) (Lab):
I welcome the commitment that the minister gave at a parliamentary reception last night to our internationally acclaimed 2012 homelessness target. Does he realise that the City of Edinburgh Council has said clearly that it cannot meet that target with the level of resources that it receives? Will he not only allocate at least 45 million extra to housing this year but ensure that Edinburgh receives a large portion of that?

Alex Neil (The Minister for Housing and Communities):
Edinburgh is close to my heart and is high on our priority list, which is why we announced a 30 per cent increase in the council's allocation earlier this year and why we will seriously consider the council's application for the totality of the 50 million that we are making available for council housing. That is in contrast to the zero sum that was made available for council housing in the previous Administration's eight years.
May 14th 2009 (Column 17482-3)