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Parliamentary debates and questions

S5W-13293: Graham Simpson (Central Scotland)

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

Date lodged: 11 December 2017

To ask the Scottish Government, further to the answer to question S5W-09061 by Kevin Stewart on 9 May 2017, whether the 2017 data has now been published and, if not, by what date it will be.

Answered by: Kevin Stewart 21 December 2017

Question S5W-09061 asked the Scottish Government how many homeless people have used temporary accommodation in each year since 2012. The answer stated that data on the number of people using temporary accommodation in each year is currently unavailable, however a link was provided to published figures from the HL2 collection, which provides snapshot information on the number of households living in temporary accommodation at the end of each quarter.

The Scottish Government are working with local authorities to develop and quality assure the HL3 data return, a new placement level homelessness data collection on temporary accommodation, which will enable analysis of the total number of people living in this type of accommodation throughout a given period of time. Some authorities are still to provide a fully accurate and usable set of data. Once these data issues have been fully investigated and resolved, the HL3 data will be used to monitor and publish more in-depth information on the use of temporary accommodation.

The Scottish Government will take stock of the status and quality of HL3 data provided by Local Authorities at the Annual Homelessness Statistics User Group meeting on 20th February 2018 and discuss any outstanding actions required before plans can be developed to publish analysis and statistics from this data source.