Date lodged: 29 June 2017
To ask the Scottish Government what its response is to reports that more than 6,000 young people are living in temporary accommodation.
Answered by: Kevin Stewart 14 July 2017
Homelessness Statistics produced by the Scottish Government on homelessness applications and assessments generally define youth homelessness as relating to young people aged between 16 and 24 years, however information on the number of young people aged 16 to 24 in Temporary Accommodation is not currently collected.
Based on information collected on the number of children in Temporary Accommodation, as at 31 March 2017 there were 6,041 children aged 16 and under in Temporary Accommodation.
Temporary accommodation is a key part of the safety net of the homelessness legislation and ensures all people have accommodation if they become homeless.
Scotland’s strong statutory homelessness rights mean that most homeless households are placed in temporary accommodation while they wait for appropriate, sustainable permanent accommodation.
We have strengthened The Homeless Persons (Unsuitable Accommodation) (Scotland) Order to ensure accommodation is wind and watertight. We will strengthen this further by introducing a cap of 7 days (currently 14 days) for families with children and pregnant women living in B&B accommodation unless there are exceptional circumstances. The consultation exercise to strengthen the Order is underway, with Ministerial signature of the Order planned for summer 2017.