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S5W-22744: Patrick Harvie (Glasgow)

Scottish Green Party

Date lodged: 23 April 2019

To ask the Scottish Government, further to the commitment by the housing minister, in June 2018, and First Minister, in November 2018, what progress it has made on implementing the recommendation by the Homelessness and Rough Sleeping Action Group (HARSAG) on short-stay/emergency accommodation with integrated services for people with no recourse to public funds.

Answered by: Kevin Stewart 1 May 2019

The Scottish Government and COSLA have jointly published guidance on No Recourse to Public Funds to set out the legal framework within which local authorities have to make decisions about support provision, including accommodation, in this complex area. While there are limited powers for the Scottish Government to mitigate the impact of immigration legislation, which is a source of destitution and homelessness for people with no recourse, we want to prevent rough sleeping and homelessness for everyone. We will continue to pursue solutions as part of the implementation of the Ending Homelessness Together Action Plan and the anti-destitution strategy.