Homelessness Levels Down Across Scotland

June 29, 2016

The number of people who were recorded as being officially homeless fell across Scotland over the course of the year 2015/16.

According to the latest data on the subject, there were 28,000 cases of people being homeless or threatened with homelessness during the year, which represents a 5 per cent decline on the previous 12 months.

Homeless applications for the year were also down by a total of 4 per cent as compared with the year 2014/15, according to figures from Scotland’s chief statistician.

“We are doing everything we can to make sure everyone has access to a warm and safe place to stay, and I welcome the decrease in the number of homeless applications and households being assessed as homeless,” said Scotland’s housing minister Kevin Stewart.

“It is, however, our aim to stop people becoming homeless in the first place which is much better for our people and our communities, and of course our homelessness services.”

The latest data suggests that the number of Scots living in temporary accommodation went more or less unchanged last year overall but the number of Scottish children in this position is understood to have increased during the period.

“While there are many reasons for families staying in temporary accommodation, I am disappointed in the increase in the number of children in temporary accommodation,” Mr Stewart said.

“Although the majority of temporary accommodation is good quality, well managed social housing which is of the exact same standard as permanent accommodation, I am keen to see these numbers decrease and people to have a settled home,” he added.

In addition to its figures on homelessness, the Scottish government recently published a report entitled ‘Poverty in Scotland 2014/15’.

The report indicates that there was an increase from 730,000 to 800,000 Scots living in what is termed “relative poverty” in Scotland between 2013/14 and 2014/15.

The same report also suggests that there are growing numbers of cases in which Scottish children are living in poverty despite one or more of their parents or guardians being in employment.

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