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Homeless households continue to decline
Prevention approaches having impact.
Fewer people, including fewer children, in Scotland are becoming homeless according to official statistics published yesterday.
Between April and June 2013, there were 9,474 homelessness applications, 11 per cent lower than the number of applications received during the same quarter of 2012.
As of the end of June 2013 there were 2,821 households with children in temporary accommodation – a decrease of 472 households (14 per cent decrease) compared with one year earlier.
These households contained a total of 4,574 children, a decrease of 727 children (14 per cent decrease) compared to one year ago.
Housing Minister Margaret Burgess said:
“I know the heartache and trauma of homelessness from working closely with households faced with the prospect of losing the roof over their head and welcome the continued fall in homelessness across Scotland.
“This builds on our historic achievement last year in meeting the homelessness 2012 target.
“While we welcome this continued improvement, we are concerned that Westminster’s welfare changes may undermine this good work.
“Over the past few years councils have been developing services in which staff assist households to consider their range of housing options to address their individual housing needs in order to help prevent homelessness before it occurs.
“Alongside this we want to increase housing supply to ensure settled accommodation can be accessed by households as quickly as possible and avoid them spending too much time in temporary accommodation. Increasing the supply of affordable housing is a vital part of our efforts to build a better and fairer Scotland.
“This Government aims to deliver 30,000 affordable homes - including 20,000 for social rent, over the life of this Parliament. Over the next three years we will be making over £900 million available for affordable housing.
“We will continue to work with councils and their partners to prevent homelessness and improve outcomes for households that do become homeless.”
Notes to editors
The full statistical publication can be accessed on the Homelessness Statistics section of the Scottish Government website at: