Date lodged: 20 December 2016
To ask the Scottish Government how it ensures that there is a minimum number of places available for emergency accommodation for rough sleepers in each local authority.
Answered by: Kevin Stewart 10 January 2017
Scotland’s strong housing rights for homeless households mean that nobody should have to sleep rough. Local Authorities have the statutory duty for the delivery of housing and homelessness services in their area. This includes the provision of emergency accommodation for those sleeping rough, taking account of local circumstances and priorities.
Homelessness statistics indicate that the number and proportion of homeless applicants in Scotland reporting that they had slept rough before applying has decreased year on year over the past five years. However, we recognise that some rough sleeping will result from more complex needs and we are working with partners in Health and the Third Sector to ensure we have better information on rough sleepers and their needs to help address this issue.