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S5W-04354: Alex Cole-Hamilton (Edinburgh Western)

Scottish Liberal Democrats

Date lodged: 3 November 2016

To ask the Scottish Government what assessment it has made of the extent to which rents for support accommodation may be higher than when compared with other accommodation types and, if no assessment has been made, whether it will consider doing so and in what timescale.

Answered by: Kevin Stewart 16 November 2016

Rents in supported accommodation generally exceed rents in other accommodation types, due to high management and other associated costs.

No assessment has been made on the extent to which rents in supported accommodation may be higher compared to rents for other accommodation. The Scottish Government does not currently collect data on people in supported accommodation, however Scottish Government are currently in the process of implementing a data collection which will provide some data on this.

The UK Government has undertaken a substantial body of research on the provision of supported accommodation across Great Britain which we understand will shortly be published along with a consultation paper. When it is published we will consider this research carefully, and consider whether the Scottish Government needs to undertake further research or analysis.