Shelter Scotland welcomes 20 per cent cut in homelessness applications

Graeme Brown, Director of Shelter Scotland says: 

“A 20% reduction in homeless applications compared to this time last year is great news and I congratulate the majority of local authorities across Scotland who have made huge progress on homelessness.

“This success should not blind us to the scale of Scotland’s ongoing housing crisis.  Nearly 50,000 people still presented as homeless in the last 12 months so this progress needs to be a catalyst for even greater change.

“As evidenced in the Christie Report, local authorities should now focus on preventing homelessness while the Scottish Government should not delay implementation of the crucial housing support provisions passed by the Scottish Parliament last year.

“Only then will we see even greater progress to reduce homelessness and repeat homelessness.”

Graeme Brown added:

“The overall picture on homelessness is very encouraging, however, in terms of local authorities’ individual performances and the reasons behind some huge reductions, we need to dig a little deeper in order to build a clear picture across Scotland.”

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