Date lodged: 29 November 2017
To ask the Scottish Government how many children are in temporary accommodation.
Answered by: Kevin Stewart 6 December 2017
Scottish Government statistics published in July this year state that as at 31 March 2017, there were 6,041 children in temporary accommodation.
I want time spent in temporary accommodation to be as short as possible, with people and families moving on quickly to a permanent, settled home. And I want all temporary accommodation to be of a decent standard. Of those households with children or pregnant women given temporary accommodation, eighty two per cent were in social rented housing so will meet the minimum standards of that sector
We have taken action to introduce a cap of 7 days (from 14 days) for families with children and pregnant women in unsuitable temporary accommodation and tasked the Homelessness and Rough Sleeping Action Group, set up in October, with recommending actions to transform the use of temporary accommodation in Scotland.