Homelessness in Moray decreases by 42%
- 27 May
Since 2010 the number of people deemed homeless by Moray Council has reduced by almost 42%.
Along with a 42% drop in homelessness the number of people using temporary and costly bed and breakfast accommodation has also dropped in Moray, which is partly due to the increased number of new council homes, reports the Press and Journal.
Officials believe that the council continues to face a number of challenges in relation to homelessness, such as further benefit reforms and the introduction of the universal credit regime in Moray this September.
A report by Moray Council's communities committee says: "Although the completion of a homelessness strategy is now optional for local authorities, this council has seen real benefits from having such a strategy in place. For that reason, it is recommended that the council develops a further homelessness strategy from 2015 to 2018 that will run concurrently with the local housing strategy."
Last night, Councillor Eric McGillivray, chairman of the communities committee, said the figures made for good reading, but there was still more to come.
He said: "This is the end of the 2010-2015 strategy, and we are working on a new strategy at the moment on the basis of what we have done already. The success to date has been down to a lot of hard work and initiative from Moray Council's housing team, which I'm very proud of. The 42% decrease is really good news for the people of Moray, but we are not complacent by any means. There's still a long way to go. We still have 400-odd houses per year to build for the next 10 years to get back on track. It's good news in one way - we are tackling the problem, but the problem is always going to be there until we have enough houses to put homeless people in."
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