HOMELESS protesters have set up camp outside the City Chambers in George Square demanding action from the council.

A small group of men and women have pitched their tents and say they are not moving until they are offered permanent accommodation.

One of the protesters Brian, aged 38, said he has been in and out of hostels and on the streets for years.

He said: “We are sick of the way we are being treated.”

Another, Jason, 27, said he was homeless for seven years before he found permanent accommodation.

He said: "There are people dying on the streets. The council need to step up and stop this."

The protesters said an official from the council has been out to tell them they will be evicted from the square.

But they said they are not moving.

Jason added: “We are going to get more homeless people from the streets to join us.

“We will cover George Square with tents and homeless people until the start to listen to us.”

Glasgow City Council siad it has been to protest camp in an attempt to offer help.

A spokeswoman for Glasgow City Council said: “Social Work staff tried to speak to the people in George Square today, to offer them help. "Unfortunately, their offers of assistance were rejected, and some of the protestors became aggressive.

"At this stage, we can’t verify if they are homeless, as they have refused to provide their details.”

Earlier this year, the Evening Times reported how a charity for the homeless said one person a month was dying on the streets in Glasgow.

The Lodging House Mission said drugs, like street valium, were contributing to the rising death toll.

Glasgow has around 5,000 homeless applications a year, with many people spending longer than they should in homeless accommodation.

The average length of stay in temporary accommodation is 41 weeks in Glasgow compared to 14 weeks in Scotland.

Recent figures from the council show the homeless in the city can spend up to 35 weeks in a hostel.

The council has recently approved a five-year action plan to eradicate homeless which includes reducing the time spent in temporary accommodation and increasing the number of Housing First tenancies to 600 where homeless people are given a tenancy and intensive support to deal with other issues they are living with including addiction and mental health.