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S5W-17551: Jackie Baillie (Dumbarton)

Scottish Labour

Date lodged: 4 July 2018

To ask the Scottish Government what funding it will make available to tackle rough sleeping in 2018-19, and how much it has made available in each year since 2007.

Answered by: Kevin Stewart 25 July 2018

Local Authorities have the statutory responsibility for the delivery of homelessness services in their area. The vast majority of the funding which the Scottish Government provides to tackle rough sleeping is included, but not separately identifiable, within the annual local government finance settlement.

The Scottish Government is providing local government with a finance settlement in 2018-19 amounting to £10.7 billion. The vast majority of this funding is provided by means of a block grant It is the responsibility of individual local authorities to manage their own budgets and to allocate the total financial resources available to them, including funding to tackle rough sleeping, on the basis of local needs and priorities, having first fulfilled their statutory obligations and the jointly agreed set of national and local priorities.

Additionally, in order to catalyse change as part of the work initiated by last year’s Programme for Government and the work of the Homelessness and Rough Sleeping Action Group, we have allocated an additional £220,000 to be spent on proven rough sleeping interventions in 2018-19. This is on top of £328,000 worth of investment (£262,000 from the Scottish Government and £66,000 from Action Group members) to take forward the immediate actions recommended by the Action Group to combat rough sleeping last winter. We will be further considering the learning from last winter’s activities as we consider how to ensure initiatives are effective and sustainable in the long term, as part of ongoing work to implement the recommendations of the Action Group and of the Local Government and Communities Committee.

Details of each local government finance settlement since 2007 are available on the Scottish Government’s website via the following link https://beta.gov.scot/publications/local-government-finance-circulars-index/