Published: 14th Mar 2019

Deborah Hay, Scotland Policy Officer for The Joseph Rowntree Foundation writes for New Start about what action the Scottish government must take to reduce homelessness. In Scotland, we have a firm commitment to end homelessness backed by legislative rights to settled housing.  As well as moving people quickly into a permanent home, the clear focus is on prevention for those most at risk, working to integrate effective responses across all public services. The Scottish Government’s Ending Homelessness Together Action Plan (November 2018) addresses 70 original recommendations, which, if implemented and resourced well, could achieve real progress in preventing and tackling homelessness. However, despite this positive ambition and significant recent investment in affordable and social housing, the progress reported in previous years has stalled. The latest research by Heriot-Watt University for JRF and Crisis suggests that, in Scotland, the numbers of people rough sleeping and presenting as homeless have remained relatively … (To read the full article, subscribe below)