Glasgow’s biggest housing association has offered flats to house the homeless during the coronavirus crisis.

GHA is part of Wheatley Group which has made empty properties available to four councils including Glasgow.

In total around 300 empty homes will be ready to be used as temporary accommodation.

Martin Armstrong, Wheatley Chief Executive, said: “We are committed to supporting the most vulnerable during these extremely difficult times. We estimate up to 300 homes across Scotland could be handed on to our four strategic housing partners in the next three months.”

James Dornan, Glasgow Cathcart SNP MSP, welcomed the housing group’s offer to help the homeless.

He said: “In this time of emergency, everyone has a responsibility to do all they can to combat Covid-19.

“I’m delighted to see Glasgow Housing Association and Wheatley Group lead by example and hope this will now be replicated across the sector.”

The group said its 500 housing staff across Scotland are now working from home, having been set up with all the necessary equipment to do so.

They are being supported by environmental staff who continue to provide essential services, ranging from fire-safety patrols to multi-storey block cleaning in Glasgow and bulk uplifts.