Labour politicians, union leaders and Shelter are amongst those writing to Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon demanding an eviction ban.
The protest letter has been coordinated by tenant activists in Living Rent, a campaign group, and is signed by two Labour Members of the Scottish Parliament, a Green MSP, the general secretary and deputy general secretary of the Scottish TUC, and the director of Shelter Scotland.
The letter has been prompted by the alleged eviction of a family scheduled for tomorrow from a property in Livingston, which is under tier four Coronavirus restrictions - the highest tier in the Scottish Covid classifications.
Part of the letter to Sturgeon says: “The Scottish Government has offered support to tenants during the pandemic but the guidance against sheriff officers enforcing evictions under tier three and four restrictions has failed to fully protect people from eviction.
“The guidance is not being followed by all sheriff officers. Currently the eviction ban in Scotland is weaker than that in place in England and Wales where the vast majority of evictions are illegal under January 11.”
In England, the Boris Johnson government has requested of bailiff officers that they do not conduct evictions even if they have been agreed in court. Court eviction proceedings are continuing in England.
The letter to Nicola Sturgeon claims the family scheduled for eviction includes a son “who has autism, hyperacusis, sensory processing issues and complex needs”; a property is apparently being prepared, appropriate to his needs, but will not be ready until next month.
The letter adds that the mother of the family “has voiced concerns that the eviction may also trigger her son, who may react badly to a sheriff officer encroaching on his personal space.”
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