15% drop in families living in temporary accommodation
- 25 Jun
Figures have revealed that the number of Scottish households with children living in temporary accommodation has dropped by 15%.
The Operation of the Homeless Persons Legislation in Scotland: 2013-14 from the Scottish Government found that in March 2013 the number of families in temporary accommodation were 2,936 - a 15 per cent drop, or 447 less, on the previous year, reports Inside Housing.
Margaret Burgess, housing minister, said: "‘I am particularly pleased to see a 15 per cent decrease in households with children in temporary accommodation, as well as a fall in the number of children in temporary accommodation, and a decrease in the number of families using bed and breakfast accommodation."
There was also a 9% drop in the number of people assessed as homeless and the number of people applying for homelessness assistance dropped by 8%.
Ms Burgess added: "Today's figures highlight the progress we are making in this area, and we will continue to work with our partners to prevent homelessness and improve outcomes for households experiencing difficulties."
Graeme Brown, director of Shelter Scotland, said the figure's were good news but there is no room for complacency.
"In Scotland, we need to maintain and protect the housing safety net. That's why we need a 10-year action plan and to work in partnership to build a homelessness service that has the person at its heart."
What do you think of this? Tweet us your comments @suppsolutions
Image source: http://www.freeimages.com/photo/1430820
- 11 Sep
New service to support homeless people in Birmingham
A new dedicated Homeless Street Triage car will be responding to the rising number of calls reporting homelessness, begging and anti-social drinking in the city, reports 24dash.In the last year –...
- 09 Sep
Gym in Kent hopes to improve health and fitness of homeless people
Riverside is a specialist in working with single homeless people to help them get their lives back on track and into accommodation. Their new project, a gymnasium, has been funded by the Riverside...
- 08 Sep
The cost of homelessness in Hackney doubles
Figures have shown that the cost of homelessness in 2009/10 was £3,092,255 compared to £7,167,440 in 2014/15, with a cut on staff spending from £3,239,653 to £2,608,491 reports 24dash.Hackney...
- 04 Sep
Two homelessness services to be investigated
The Scottish Housing Regulator is set to investigate every aspect of services offered by Dumfries and Galloway Council, whilst also examining how homeless people access help and support at Scottish...
- 03 Sep
Homeless project for young people under threat due to cuts
Platform for Life was expected to attract interest from numerous housing associations with its scheme to convert properties into accommodation for young people in further education, training or work,...
- 01 Sep
Charities warns Irish government of homelessness crisis
Social Justice Ireland is calling for a new funding system that will meet the demand and reveal that only 20 council homes for families have been completed within the first three months of this year,...
- 26 Aug
Newspaper office to become a centre for homeless people
The old office for the Doncaster Free Press is being transformed into flats and other facilities for people who are homeless, reports Hold the Front Page. The building is being turned into...
- 20 Aug
Cuts leaving people in Cheltenham needing homelessness support
Bosses at CCP and Cheltenham Borough Council have said the “devastating impact” of benefit cuts in the town are causing issues for many people, report the Gloucestershire Echo.Over the past few...
- 19 Aug
Concern that homelessness in Cambridge is at ‘tipping point’
Not only do figures show a rise in quarterly numbers by 24 households, they also reveal that over 350 cases were placed in temporary accommodation over the last year, which was a rise of 50 cases on...
- 11 Aug
Charities say Wales is “setting an example” for homelessness
A joint report by Crisis and the Joseph Rowntree Foundation has praised Welsh laws that are trying to address the issues of homelessness, reports the BBC.However they warn that the removal of...
How to Fund Housing Support and Social Care Sevices Extremely informative, excellent speaker. Alison Halstead - Riverside ECHG