The chair of a government taskforce has said that homeless people in Scotland are waiting too long for housing as councils are inflexible on housing allocations.
Chair of the Scottish government’s homelessness prevention strategy, Jimmy Black, has said that people are waiting too long for houses that meet a specific criteria when speaking at Charted Institute of Housing conference in Glasgow, reports Inside Housing.
Current rules allow a Scottish individual or household accommodation that meets their needs, which are assessed on their homelessness application, however won’t offer them housing that doesn’t fit their needs.
Mr Black has said that local authorities should place people in accommodation, even if it does not meet all of their assessed needs, so that people are housed more quickly.
He said: “If you are entitled to a three bedroom flat with no steps, then that’s what you’ll get[…]But actually, there may not be any [three bedroom properties with no steps] coming up for quite a long time[…]So you end up staying in temporary accommodation for a long time and our systems don’t allow us to compromise.”
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