Almost 5 thousand children in Scotland will be homeless this Christmas.
That's the warning from housing charity Shelter Scotland who claims the number of families in emergency housing is at a 10-year high.
It's calling on the Scottish Government to adopt guidelines on minimum standards of temporary accommodation to prevent people being put in 'dangerous' properties.
Graeme Brown, Director of Shelter Scotland, says:
“It’s a badge of shame that 4,847 children in Scotland will spend this Christmas living in temporary accommodation - some in hostels.
"With no agreed standards for the quality of accommodation they are sent to, many end up in cold, damp, dangerous and completely unsuitable properties - risking their long-term health and wellbeing.
"We’re asking the Scottish Government to commit to a set of guidelines for standards in temporary accommodation and to change the law so families can challenge the appalling conditions they are often forced to live in.
"That way, we can ensure that in future no child wakes up on Christmas morning or any other morning in such terrible circumstances.
“We are asking everyone in Scotland to join our campaign by sending an e-Christmas Card to the First Minister Alex Salmond to say they support our call to help children and families living in temporary accommodation at Christmas and throughout the year.”
To send an e-card to the First Minister, visit <http://www.shelter.org.uk/wakeupscotland>