What actions are the SNP taking to tackle homelessness?

Scotland’s homelessness legislation is already amongst the most progressive in the world and in December 2012 we achieved its central goal of ensuring all of those assessed as unintentionally homeless by local authorities will be entitled to settled accommodation as a legal right.

We have published an action plan, taking forward the 70 recommendations from our Homelessness and Rough Sleeping Action Group. The Ending Homelessness Together Action Plan will focus on:

  • Providing a person centred approach to support individual needs
  • Putting prevention first, to minimise the risk of people becoming homeless
  • Prioritising the provision of settled and mainstreamed housing
  • Ensuring a quick and effective response by frontline workers
  • Joining up planning and resources

We are providing £50 million funding to support the delivery of the action plan, and investing an additional £20 million in alcohol and drug services.

The Scottish Government will also increase investment in Social Bite’s Housing First scheme to £6.5 million – allowing them to increase the number of people lifted out of homelessness for good from 200 to 800.

We have reduced the time that households with pregnant women or children can spend in unsuitable accommodation from 14 to 7 days.

We will also develop guidance on standards in temporary accommodation for homeless households and by the end of this parliament ensure that all temporary accommodation is the same standard as permanent accommodation.

In our decade in power we have now delivered 70,000 affordable homes. We are committed to delivering 50,000 more affordable homes in this Scottish Parliament term.

We continue to fully mitigate the Bedroom Tax and will abolish it as soon as possible. We have also provided additional funding through the Scottish Welfare Fund to support 18 to 21 year olds following the Tory government decision to remove their Housing Benefit.