Homelessness applications decrease in Scotland
- 13 Jan
In Scotland, figures have shown that the number of homelessness applications received by councils have dropped by 3% in the past year.
Scottish Housing Minister, Margaret Burgess stated, ‘We are working closely with local authorities and their partners to prevent homelessness'
The Scottish Government has revealed that local authorities had received 9,059 applications for homelessness assistance from July to September 2014 which is a 3% decrease from 9,359 applications received over July to September 2013.
This decrease also means that homelessness applications have fallen by 13% since 2012 where 10,448 applications were received over July to September.
This reduction in homelessness applications is largely due to the Scottish Government focusing more on the need to prevent homelessness.
Ministers established a £500,000 fund to support councils in developing their ‘housing options' schemes in 2010. This enabled councils to offer people private rented accommodation or support to maintain their current tenancies instead of providing them with support in making a homelessness application.
Regardless of the decrease in homelessness applications, recent figures show there were 10,300 households in temporary accommodation during September last year. This figure has not changed compared to the year before.
Housing minister Margaret Burgess stated, "We are working closely with local authorities and their partners to prevent homelessness, increase the number of affordable homes and address the issue of empty homes".
Homelessness charity, Shelter Scotland published research from ‘Freedom of Information' requests showing that 1 in 10 homeless households in temporary accommodation stay there for more than a year.
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