Average waiting times for social housing are longer than a year in most Scottish councils, according to data obtained by the Scottish Conservatives.

Freedom of information data showed that in 21 of the 29 councils which responded average waiting times were longer than 12 months.

Meanwhile, in 24 local authorities, the longest waits recorded were more than than 20 years.

Renfrewshire Council recorded a wait of longer than 68 years, though the application in question is on hold.

The Tories said cuts to the housing budget by the Scottish Government were to blame.

MSP Miles Briggs, the party’s housing spokesman, said: “The SNP’s continued failure to prioritise the social housing emergency is disgraceful – and it is vulnerable people who are suffering the consequences.

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