Skip to main content

Parliamentary debates and questions

S5W-12042: Elaine Smith (Central Scotland)

Scottish Labour

Date lodged: 16 October 2017

To ask the Scottish Government what consideration it has given to developing minimum standards for temporary accommodation.

Answered by: Kevin Stewart 25 October 2017

We are committed to ensuring all temporary accommodation is the same standard as permanent accommodation. Most temporary accommodation in Scotland is in social rented housing, so will already be the same standard as permanent accommodation.

We have established a short-life Homelessness and Rough Sleeping Action Group to make recommendations and one of its four key objectives will be transforming the use of temporary accommodation, including any action required on standards. We have also taken action to introduce a cap of 7 days (from 14 days) for families with children and pregnant women in unsuitable temporary accommodation.