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05/04/16 09:30

Homeless applications continue to fall but more children in temporary accommodation

A National Statistics Publication for Scotland.

Scottish Local Authorities received around 7,600 applications for homelessness assistance during October to December 2015, 5% lower than in the same period in 2014. However, the number of children in temporary accommodation increased by 543 children (+13%), comparing figures at 31 December 2015 with the same date one year ago.

Scotland’s Chief Statistician today released the quarterly bulletin, Homelessness in Scotland.

Overall, there were 10,467 households in temporary accommodation as at 31 December 2015 – an increase of 249 households (+2%) compared with one year earlier. Over a quarter (2,769 households) were households with children - an increase of 278 households (+11%). On 31 December 2015, 4,876 children were in temporary accommodation – an increase of 543 children (+13%).

In addition to the fall in applications, the number assessed as homeless, or likely to become homeless within two months, fell by around 500 (-7%) to 6,500.

Outcomes for those entitled to settled accommodation were maintained, with around four out of five securing settled accommodation (including a Local Authority, housing association or private let as an outcome). This proportion has remained stable since 2007.

The figures released today were produced in accordance with professional standards set out in the Code of Practice for Official Statistics.

Notes to editors

The full statistical publication is available at:

This publication provides information on homelessness applications, assessments and outcomes in the period 1 September to 31 December 2015. It also provides snapshot data on households in temporary accommodation on 31 December 2015 together with data on the implementation of The Homeless Persons (Unsuitable Accommodation) (Scotland) Order 2014.

Official statistics are produced by professionally independent statistical staff – more information on the standards of official statistics in Scotland can be accessed at:


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