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Operation of the Homeless Persons Legislation in Scotland: 2014-15

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Table 5d and 5e: Reasons for failing to maintain accommodation: 2013-14 and 2014-15

Table 5d: Reasons for failing to maintain accommodation

2013-14 2013-14 2014-15 2014-15
Apr - Jun Jul - Sep Oct - Dec Jan-Mar Apr - Jun Jul - Sep Oct - Dec Jan-Mar
Financial difficulties/ debt/ unemployment 1,025 932 881 995 3,833 916 828 734 847 3,325
Physical health reasons 190 197 236 235 858 376 310 337 389 1,412
Mental health reasons 490 541 581 677 2,289 720 724 743 823 3,010
Unmet need for support from housing/ social work/ health services 107 114 118 133 472 161 127 152 201 641
Lack of support from friends/ family 633 731 705 740 2,809 772 865 779 912 3,328
Difficulties managing on own 279 317 358 379 1,333 378 321 361 421 1,481
Drug/ alcohol dependency 648 625 658 665 2,596 731 694 707 667 2,799
Criminal/ anti-social behaviour 568 625 671 603 2,467 549 580 578 580 2,287
Not to do with applicant household (e.g. landlord selling property, fire, circumstances of other persons sharing previous property, harassment by others etc 2,305 2,185 1,937 2,258 8,685 1,935 1,857 1,687 2,188 7,667
Refused 49 58 51 111 269 126 146 116 92 480
All applications completing this question 4,714 4,636 4,327 4,848 18,525 4,624 4,605 4,262 5,020 18,511
Total applications 9,747 9,393 8,239 9,855 37,234 9,154 9,314 8,004 9,292 35,764
Percentage completing this question 48% 49% 53% 49% 50% 51% 49% 53% 54% 52%

Note:-
For each application, more than one reason can be given.
This question was answered for approximately 52% of applications in 2014-15, including refusals.

Table 5e: Reasons for failing to maintain accommodation (as percentage of all applications completing this question)

2013-14 2013-14 2014-15 2014-15
Apr - Jun Jul - Sep Oct - Dec Jan-Mar Apr - Jun Jul - Sep Oct - Dec Jan-Mar
Financial difficulties/ debt/ unemployment 22% 20% 20% 21% 21% 20% 18% 17% 17% 18%
Physical health reasons 4% 4% 5% 5% 5% 8% 7% 8% 8% 8%
Mental health reasons 10% 12% 13% 14% 12% 16% 16% 17% 16% 16%
Unmet need for support from housing/ social work/ health services 2% 2% 3% 3% 3% 3% 3% 4% 4% 3%
Lack of support from friends/ family 13% 16% 16% 15% 15% 17% 19% 18% 18% 18%
Difficulties managing on own 6% 7% 8% 8% 7% 8% 7% 8% 8% 8%
Drug/ alcohol dependency 14% 13% 15% 14% 14% 16% 15% 17% 13% 15%
Criminal/ anti-social behaviour 12% 13% 16% 12% 13% 12% 13% 14% 12% 12%
Not to do with applicant household (e.g. landlord selling property, fire, circumstances of other persons sharing previous property, harassment by others etc 49% 47% 45% 47% 47% 42% 40% 40% 44% 41%
Refused 1% 1% 1% 2% 1% 3% 3% 3% 2% 3%