Date lodged: 18 October 2017
To ask the Scottish Government what action it is taking to reduce the number of rough sleepers.
Answered by: Kevin Stewart 25 October 2017
The Programme for Government sets out our national objective to eradicate rough sleeping, recognising that it will require more than just the provision of housing and that every individual will have their own unique needs and challenges.
We have taken firm action by establishing a short-term homelessness and rough sleeping action group, and their first objective is to make recommendations on what actions we can all take to minimise rough sleeping this winter.
The Action Group is already working on this issue and will report shortly on the practical actions we can take. The Group will also identify the actions required to end rough sleeping in the longer term and transform temporary accommodation.
This is a priority area for which is also why we are backing our commitment with a £50 million ending homelessness together fund.