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24/06/14 09:30

Homelessness applications continue to fall

A National Statistics Publication for Scotland.

Scottish Local Authorities received around 36,500 applications for homelessness assistance during 2013-14, 8% lower than in 2012-13.

Scotland’s Chief Statistician today released annual information on the Operation of the Homeless Persons Legislation in Scotland. In addition to the fall in applications, the number assessed as homeless, or likely to become homeless within two months, also fell by 9% to around 29,300.

For those entitled to settled accommodation, around three quarters secured a local authority, housing association or private let as an outcome. This proportion has remained stable for the past six years.

At 31 March 2013, there were around 10,300 households in temporary accommodation – a decrease of 2% compared with one year earlier. Of these households, less than a quarter were households with children, and just eleven were households with children in bed and breakfast accommodation. For the second successive quarter, there were no breaches of the Homeless Persons (Unsuitable Accommodation) (Scotland) Order 2004.

The figures released today were produced by independent statistical staff free from any political interference, 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 April 2013 to 31 March 2014. It also provides snapshot data on households in temporary accommodation on 31 March 2014 together with data on the implementation of the Homeless Persons (Unsuitable Accommodation) (Scotland) Order 2004.

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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