Date lodged: 4 July 2018
To ask the Scottish Government how much has been spent of the £328,000 allocated to tackling rough sleeping.
Answered by: Kevin Stewart 25 July 2018
Of the £328,000 additionally allocated to rough sleeping initiatives in winter 2017-18, £262,000 was provided by the Scottish Government and £66,000 was provided by other members of the Homelessness and Rough Sleeping Action Group. Allocations were made to local authority and third sector frontline services in Edinburgh, Glasgow and Aberdeen in accordance with the recommendations of the Action Group to safeguard rough sleepers over the winter.
An independent review of the impact of the winter initiative has been commissioned by Simon Community Scotland, Edinburgh Streetwork and Aberdeen Cyrenians and is due to report later in July. The Scottish Government will review this along with other evaluation reports from organisations involved in delivering the immediate actions recommended by the Homelessness and Rough Sleeping Action Group to combat rough sleeping last winter, and will provide a summary report to inform key actions for next winter and beyond as part of our plans to eradicate rough sleeping and end homelessness.