15% drop in families living in temporary accommodation
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.”
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