Published: 10th Sep 2019

A seven-day limit on the use of temporary accommodation for anyone facing homelessness is to be introduced in Scotland. The limit is already in place for families with children and pregnant women will now be extended to protect everyone at risk of homelessness from May 2021 onwards. The Scottish Government launched a consultation in May, which looked at extending the week-long limit. An initial analysis of the consultation responses revealed there was overwhelming support for the extension, with 97% of respondents agreeing that the order should be extended, including 80% of organisations, including local authorities. Full independent analysis of the consultation responses will be published in autumn. Announcing the changes, Scottish housing minister, Kevin Stewart said: ‘We know that people living in these unsuitable environments can for too long often lack cooking or washing facilities, and some have reported that they cannot have visits from family or friends. These experiences have … (To read the full article, subscribe below)