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

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Table 6c: Assessment decision by main reason for application: Scotland: 2013-14 and 2014-15

2013-14 2014-15
Homeless (Note 2) Assessed as not homeless Lost contact, withdrew etc All assessments Homeless (Note 2) Assessed as not homeless Lost contact, withdrew etc All assessments
All reasons 30,086 1,688 5,395 37,169 29,565 1,539 4,782 35,886
Termination of tenancy / mortgage due to rent arrears / default on payments 1,850 134 307 2,291 1,652 83 260 1,995
Applicant terminated secure accommodation 591 39 87 717 587 23 93 703
Loss of service / tied accommodation 225 9 27 261 194 8 27 229
Discharge from prison / hospital / care / other institution 2,148 40 258 2,446 2,138 32 249 2,419
Emergency (fire, flood, storm, closing order from Environmental Health etc.) 128 32 39 199 112 31 46 189
Forced division and sale of matrimonial home 198 15 22 235 186 7 21 214
Other reason for loss of accommodation 1,577 80 218 1,875 2,038 63 192 2,293
Dispute within household: violent or abusive 3,623 116 623 4,362 3,696 110 542 4,348
Dispute within household / relationship breakdown: non-violent 4,981 215 970 6,166 4,926 231 912 6,069
Fleeing non-domestic violence 705 110 123 938 737 138 157 1,032
Harassment 527 107 59 693 473 131 79 683
Overcrowding 388 23 58 469 359 18 37 414
Asked to leave 7,733 388 1,741 9,862 7,357 352 1,465 9,174
Other reason for leaving accommodation / household 2,446 243 621 3,310 2,067 169 428 2,664
Other action by landlord resulting in the termination of the tenancy 2,966 137 242 3,345 3,043 143 274 3,460

Note 1:- All homeless and priority homeless assessment decisions include households assessed as threatened with homelessness.

Note 2:- In November 2012 the Scottish Parliament approved the Homelessness (Abolition of Priority Need Test) (Scotland) Order 2012. This meets the homelessness commitment and ensures that from 31st December 2012 onwards, local authorities no longer apply the priority need test to homeless households.