Date lodged: 22 June 2017
To ask the Scottish Government, further to the answer to question S5W-08910 by Kevin Stewart on 3 May 2017, how the ongoing work to improve housing provision for prisoners is being supported.
Answered by: Kevin Stewart 13 July 2017
The Scottish Government recognises that there is an on-going need to ensure that the housing needs of offenders are addressed consistently throughout Scotland and that these are addressed collaboratively between the Scottish Prison Service (SPS), local authorities and other community justice partners at the earliest opportunity.
The Scottish Government looks forward to the SPS’s publication of their Scottish minimum standards – Sustainable Housing on Release for Everyone (SHORE), which is currently undergoing a process of consultation. The Scottish Government’s engagement with the Housing Options Hubs will allow an overview of local authorities’ activities with regard to their use of the SHORE standards once they are published. The Scottish Government is also a member of the SHORE task group.