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Homelessness etc. Statistics after 2012. Duncan Gray & Dr. Andrew Waugh 21.03.2013. What we’ve achieved in 2012-13. Moved homelessness statistics to quarterly reporting Passed our UKSA Assessment Establishing data sharing agreement with SHBVN. Key Developments.

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Homelessness etc statistics after 2012

Homelessness etc. Statistics after 2012

Duncan Gray & Dr. Andrew Waugh


What we ve achieved in 2012 13

What we’ve achieved in 2012-13

  • Moved homelessness statistics to quarterly reporting

  • Passed our UKSA Assessment

  • Establishing data sharing agreement with SHBVN

Key developments

Key Developments

Monitoring temporary accommodation

Monitoring Temporary Accommodation

Why introduce the hl3

Why introduce the HL3?

Why sg got involved

Why SG got involved?

  • We can clearly define data specification

  • Give guidance to LAs to standardise collection

  • Calculate SHR indicators on homelessness on a consistent basis

  • Provide an automatic reporting system back to LAs

The hl3

The HL3

  • Three stages

    • Is accommodation required?

    • Was accommodation offered?

    • Was accommodation taken up?

  • Meeting on 12 Feb.

  • Specification released following meeting.

  • Voluntary but with strong incentives.



Monitoring housing options work

Monitoring Housing Options Work

Homelessness etc statistics after 2012


The history

The History

  • Graeme Brown, director of Shelter Scotland, wrote in a letter to Inside Housing this week that it is ‘simply not credible’

  • “The Committee also considers that the Scottish Government should consider the development of a measurement tool for homelessness prevention work”

  • Collection is led by LA demand. A number already have systems in place..



  • Some questions influenced from the English pro forma in the P1E, but case level

  • Happens upstream of homelessness. Therefore needs to sit outwith homelessness recording (the HL1).

  • As far as possible, we want to measure outcomes, not activity.

  • Final consultation Jan/ Feb 2013.

The prevent1 return

The PREVENT1 Return

  • Application Details

  • Household Characteristics

  • Reasons for application

  • Prevention Activity

  • Outcomes

Consultation 2013

Consultation - 2013

  • Followed discussion in Stats User Group in Dec 2012

  • Specific questions:-

    • Name of return;

    • Points of detail on draft sections.

    • Data interchange format.

    • Need for guidance.

    • Voluntary or Mandatory?

    • When able to provide?

  • Responses from 18 councils and 3 voluntary bodies

Consultation councils

Consultation councils

  • Name of return: No strong views

  • Detail: Most had specific comments on detail.

  • Format: Most CSV, some XML, [Excel!]

  • Guidance: Yes, majority similar to HL1.

  • Voluntary: Most would prefer mandatory.

  • When: Ranges from 1 – 6 months after spec finalised. [One council – only after HL1 reviewed]

Consultation voluntary bodies

Consultation: voluntary bodies

  • Shelter/ SCSH[now Homeless Action Scotland (HAS)]

  • Scottish Refugee Council

    Shelter and HAS

    • Points of detail on proforma.

    • When/ what to record

      Scottish Refugee Council

    • More general points on homelessness and refugees

Possible minor hl1 changes

Possible (minor) HL1 changes

  • Ethnicity: Allow additional categories for consistency with PREVENT1

  • Support: Possible changes to the codes available for support needs questions

  • Outcomes: To measure non-permanent accommodation currently in HL2

Timetable for changes

Timetable for changes

To be agreed by Homelessness Statistics User Group

Other work

Other Work

  • Monitoring of the Scottish Welfare Fund (£33 million per annum)

  • XML Data Specification at:

  • http://www.scotland.gov.uk/Topics/Statistics/15257/1529/swf-dataspec

  • Upload system to be in place by 30 June 2013

The end

The End

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