Ludo Thierry writes:
Some stats on Homelessnes/Homlessness applications in Scotland were published today. I’ve no quibble with the beeb Scotland article – which seems broadly accurate – but, I would suggest, has missed a few of the more encouraging fine-grain numbers in the reports. Worth checking the fuller details at the news.gov.scot site. Link and snippets below:
Homelessness applications on the rise in Scotland
Homelessness in Scotland: 2018/19 publication presents information on local authority homelessness applications, assessments and outcomes in the period from 1 April 2018 to 31 March 2019: Scottish local authorities received 36,465 applications for homelessness assistance between 1 April 2018 and 31 March 2019, 3% higher than the same period during 2017/18.
The annual increase in homelessness applications follows a slight increase last year and eight consecutive annual decreases seen in the preceding years (from a peak of 60,298 in 2005/06 to 34,726 in 2016/17).
1,744 of those assessed as homeless or threatened with homelessness were assessed as repeated homeless. This was 5.8% of those assessed, a proportion that has fallen from 7.0% in 2014/15.
• 71% of those assessed as unintentionally homeless or threatened with homelessness secured settled accommodation. This proportion has risen consistently from 48% in 2002/03.
Housing Options (PREVENT1) Statistics in Scotland: 2018/19: Housing Options has been described as: “a process which starts with housing advice when someone approaches a local authority with a housing problem. This means looking at an individual’s options and choices in the widest sense. This approach features early intervention and explores all possible tenure options, including council housing, housing associations and the private rented sector.
The advice can also cover personal circumstances which may not necessarily be housing related, such as debt advice, mediation and mental health issues”.
In the last year (1 April 2018 to 31 March 2019), there were 42,850 approaches recorded. Compared with the same period one year ago, there has been a reduction of 2,995 approaches across Scotland (-7%).
Despite the overall reduction in Housing Options approaches when comparing 2018/19 with 2017/18, the proportion of approaches made for homelessness type reasons (59%) versus prevention type reasons (41%) has fallen across these two years. In 2017/18 61% of approaches were for homelessness type reasons.