10% reduction in the amount of homeless people in Scotland
- 26 Mar
New figures have shown that the number of Scottish homeless households asking the councils for help has fallen by 10%.
The Scottish Government have released statistics that show local authorities received around 8,000 applications for homelessness assistance from October to December 2013, which is 10% lower than the same period the year before.
There was also a 14% fall in the number of households assessed by councils as homeless or likely to be homeless within the same time period, reports Inside Housing.
There was also a 3% fall in the number of homeless households living in temporary accommodation.
Margaret Burgess, housing minister, said: "We have worked hard with local authorities over the past few years to develop services in which staff assist households to consider options and address their individual needs in order to help prevent homelessness before it occurs."
Graeme Brown, director of Shelter Scotland has said whilst the reduction is a step in the right direction the number of people becoming homeless was "still too high."
David Ogilvie, Scottish Federation of Housing Associations policy manager, said: "While we take encouragement from these statistics that the homelessness prevention policies and initiatives put in place by our members over recent years are continuing to bear fruit, the fact remains there is a chronic shortage of appropriate affordable rented housing across Scotland."
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