Edinburgh councillors are discussing plans to buy up former Airbnb flats to provide housing for homeless people, now a drop in demand sparked by the Covid-19 crisis is pushing owners to put them up for sale.

They are looking at the same use for hotels which do not reopen at the end of lockdown.

The Edinburgh Poverty Commission has said that the coronavirus crisis has worsened existing inequality in the city where an estimated 80,000 people live in poverty.

Homeless people have been housed in hotels during the crisis, and being housed after this temporary system ends could be a transformational new start for some.