This brings new hope that this grave in­jus­tice can be stopped

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They are not ig­nor­ing it any­more.

“Our at­ten­tion now shifts to the Reg­u­la­tor and we will be sharing our ev­i­dence of the coun­cil’s on­go­ing fail­ures from our Glas­gow hub.”

Ac­cord­ing to Shel­ter, the SHR an­nounced its in­ter­ven­tion shortly be­fore a per­mis­sions hear­ing was due to be held at the Court of Ses­sion on De­cem­ber 9, 2019.

That an­nounce­ment led to Shel­ter Scot­land say­ing it would to pause the first phase of court ar­gu­ments to al­low time to con­sider the scope of the reg­u­la­tor’s plan.

The char­ity be­gan the le­gal chal­lenge in Au­gust last year af­ter of­fi­cial sta­tis­tics were pub­lished show­ing the num­ber of oc­ca­sions Glas­gow City Coun­cil had breached its le­gal duty to pro­vide ad­e­quate tem­po­rary ac­com­mo­da­tion was con­tin­u­ing to in­crease year on year.

Shel­ter Scot­land said money raised from the crowd­fun­der would go into its Strate­gic Lit­i­ga­tion Fund for any fu­ture cases.

Mr Brown added that the sit­u­a­tion in the city has not gone away and since Au­gust al­most 100 more peo­ple have come to the char­ity to ask for sup­port ac­cess­ing tem­po­rary ac­com­mo­da­tion.

He said: “The in­quiry from the Scot­tish Hous­ing Reg­u­la­tor brings new hope that this grave in­jus­tice can be stopped with­out go­ing to court. The reg­u­la­tor still has the op­tion to re­place the city coun­cil’s man­age­ment team if they can­not show they are ca­pa­ble of up­hold­ing their le­gal duty to guar­an­tee safe tem­po­rary ac­com­mo­da­tion to ev­ery home­less per­son who needs it.”

A Glas­gow City Coun­cil spokes­woman said: “Shel­ter’s le­gal ac­tion had no im­pact on the Reg­u­la­tor’s de­ci­sion and we wel­come their move to aban­don their court case.

“We are work­ing con­struc­tively with the Reg­u­la­tor in or­der to im­prove home­less­ness ser­vices and our door re­mains open to Shel­ter to en­gage pos­i­tively with us.”

Graeme Brown said the reg­u­la­tor in­quiry is long over­due

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