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Homelessness in Scotland. Marion Gibbs Scottish Government. Background. Homelessness Task Force Homelessness Monitoring Group Legislation: Housing (Scotland) Act 2001 Temporary accommodation and advice and assistance to all homeless households Homelessness etc (Scotland) Act 2003

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Homelessness in Scotland

Marion Gibbs

Scottish Government


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Background

  • Homelessness Task Force

  • Homelessness Monitoring Group

  • Legislation:

    • Housing (Scotland) Act 2001

      • Temporary accommodation and advice and assistance to all homeless households

    • Homelessness etc (Scotland) Act 2003

      • 2012 homelessness target


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Context

  • Budget – no direct budget – devolved to local authorities to prioritise

  • £500,000 for housing options hubs one year)

  • In 2009/10, around 50,000 homelessness assessments (1% of population)

  • 40% of LA lets and 26% of housing association lets to homeless households


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2012 Homelessness target

  • All unintentionally homeless households will have the right to settled accommodation

  • Removal of the “priority need” test

  • 31 December 2012


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Progress

  • In 2009/10, 85% of all homelessness assessments regarded as being in priority need – an increase of 2% from previous year

  • In 2006/07, the first year after the Ministerial statement, priority need assessments stood at 54%


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Housing options and hubs

  • Scottish Government/COSLA Joint 2012 Steering group

  • Prevention of homelessness – development of housing options hubs

  • All local authorities in Scotland in one of five regional hubs

  • Partnership working, joint training, commissioning research


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Contacts etc

  • [email protected]

  • 2012 SG/COSLA Joint Group: http://www.scotland.gov.uk/Topics/Built-Environment/Housing/access/homeless/2012Target

  • The hubs: http://www.scotland.gov.uk/Topics/Built-Environment/Housing/access/homeless/HomelessnessPrevention


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