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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

Homelessness in Scotland

Marion Gibbs

Scottish Government

background
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
context
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
2012 homelessness target
2012 Homelessness target
  • All unintentionally homeless households will have the right to settled accommodation
  • Removal of the “priority need” test
  • 31 December 2012
progress
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%
housing options and hubs
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
contacts etc
Contacts etc
  • Marion.gibbs@scotland.gsi.gov.uk
  • 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