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Parliamentary Debates and Questions

S5O-01850: Graham Simpson (Central Scotland)

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

Date lodged: 28 February 2018

To ask the Scottish Government how it ensures that homeless people spend as little time as possible in temporary accommodation.

Answered by: Kevin Stewart 8 March 2018

We want time in temporary accommodation to be as short as possible and we are increasing housing supply to help with this.

Temporary accommodation ensures families have a place to stay if made homeless and while settled accommodation is found which meets their needs. The majority of accommodation is of good quality and in the social rented sector and we are working with local authorities to ensure that all temporary accommodation is the same standard as permanent accommodation.

We have also changed the length of time that families with children and pregnant women are in unsuitable temporary accommodation, from 14 days to 7 days, except in exceptional circumstances.

The Homelessness and Rough Sleeping Action Group is working on its recommendations to end rough sleeping for good and to transform temporary accommodation services. The Action Group will draw on evidence of what works best to support homeless people and I look forward to receiving its recommendations later this year.