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Homeless Persons (Unsuitable Accommodation) (Scotland) Order 2020 amendment: EQIA

Equalities impact assessment (EQIA) for the Unsuitable Accommodation Order extension.

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Homeless Persons (Unsuitable Accommodation) (Scotland) Order 2020 amendment: EQIA
Stage 2: Data and evidence gathering, involvement and consultation

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Stage 2: Data and evidence gathering, involvement and consultation

Include here the results of your evidence gathering (including framing exercise), including qualitative and quantitative data and the source of that information, whether national statistics, surveys or consultations with relevant equality groups.

Characteristic

Evidence gathered and Strength/quality of evidence

Source

Data gaps identified and action taken

Age

In 2018/2019 there were 6048 placements where B&B was used for more than 7 days. Of this number –

26% - aged under 26;

73% - aged between 27 and 65; and

1% - aged 66 and over.

In 2018/2019 there were 21,551 households in temporary accommodation. The average number of days spent in temporary accommodation was -

168 - aged 26 or younger;

186 - aged between 27 and 65; and

146 - aged 66 and over;

In 2018/19 the Unsuitable Accommodation Order limiting the amount of time households with pregnant women or children can be placed in unsuitable accommodation to 7 days was breached 617 times. People experiencing breaches were -

24% - 26 or younger;

76% - 27-65.

Scottish Government HL1 statistics.

Data availability around age is strong.

Disability

Scottish Government does not collect data regarding disabilities from people placed in B&B for more than 7 days.

No evidence gathered.

No comprehensive and accurate data is available.

Since we do not gather data we are not yet sure of the direct/indirect impact of this policy on this characteristic.

However, we aim to keep it under review and work with analysts to change the information captured by the housing/homelessness returns by local authorities to look to include data on the characteristics that are absent at the moment but when included will provide a clearer picture on how they are affected and represented in the homelessness sector and ensure we have considered disabled people needs fully.

We will seek to engage with organisations representing disabled people to establish what their concerns are, and will then use that information to review and revise as necessary our policy, with this stakeholder intelligence sitting alongside information developed by analysts.

Sex

In 2018/2019 out of the 6048 placements where B&B was used for more than 7 days there were:

63% = single males;

16% = single females;

2% = single male parent;

7% = single female parent;

The remaining 12% relates to couples and couples with children.

Statistics indicate that the highest % of placements in B&B were single males.

In 2018/2019 there were 21,551 households in temporary accommodation. The average number of days spent in temporary accommodation was -

167 – single male;

192 – single male parent;

162 – single female;

208 – single female parent;

Scottish Government HL1 statistics.

Data availability around sex is strong.

Pregnancy and Maternity

In 2018/19 the Unsuitable Accommodation Order limiting the amount of time households with pregnant women or children can be placed in unsuitable accommodation to 7 days was breached 617 times. Of those experiencing breaches -

4% - single pregnant woman;

2% - couple with pregnant woman;

5% - single male parent;

56% - single female parent;

26% - couple with children;

7% - other with children.

Other is likely to include formal or informal kinship care arrangements, such as children living with older siblings or grandparents.

Scottish Government HL1 statistics.

Data availability is strong for this characteristic.

Gender Reassignment

Scottish Government does not collect data regarding the gender reassignment status of people placed in B&B for more than 7 days.

The Registrar General for Scotland maintains a Gender Recognition Register in which the birth of a transgender person whose acquired gender has been legally recognised is registered showing any new name(s) and the acquired gender. This enables the transgender person to apply to the Registrar General for Scotland for a new birth certificate showing the new name(s) and the acquired gender. In 2014, there were 16 entries in the Gender Recognition Register, the same number as in 2013. The Gender Recognition Register is not open to public scrutiny.

No evidence gathered.

No comprehensive and accurate data is available.

At the moment we do not gather data on this characteristic and so we are not yet sure of the direct/indirect impact of this policy on this characteristic.

We do aim to keep it under review and work with analysts to change the information captured by the housing/homelessness returns by local authorities to look to include data on the characteristics that are absent at the moment but when included will provide a better view on how they are affected and represented in the homelessness sector and ensure we have considered this characteristic fully.

We will seek to engage with organisations representing this characteristic to establish what their concerns are, and will then use that information to review and revise as necessary our policy, with this stakeholder intelligence sitting alongside information developed by analysts.

Sexual Orientation

Scottish Government does not collect data regarding the sexual orientation of people placed in B&B for more than 7 days.

No evidence gathered.

No comprehensive and accurate data is available.

At the moment we do not gather data on this characteristic and so we are unable to determine what the direct/indirect impact of this policy may be on this characteristic.

We do aim to keep it under review and work with analysts to change the information captured by the housing/homelessness returns by local authorities to look to include data on the characteristics that are absent at the moment but when included will provide a

better view on how they are affected and represented in the homelessness sector and ensure we have considered this characteristic fully.

We will seek to engage with organisations representing this characteristic to establish what their concerns are, and will then use that information to review and revise as necessary our policy, with this stakeholder intelligence sitting alongside information developed by analysts.

Race

In 2018/2019 out of the 6048 placements where B&B was used for more than 7 days there were:

84% = White;

4% = African;

2% = Caribbean or Black;

2% = Asian, Asian Scottish or Asian British;

1% = mixed or multiple ethnic groups;

4% = other ethnic group;

3% = not known or refused;

In 2018/19 the Unsuitable Accommodation Order limiting the amount of time households with pregnant women or children can be placed in unsuitable accommodation to 7 days was breached 617 times. Of those experiencing breaches -

74% - White;

7% - African;

4% - Caribbean or Black;

9% - Asian, Asian Scottish or Asian British;

1% - mixed or multiple ethnic groups;

4% other ethnic group;

1% not known or refused.

Scottish Government HL1 statistics

By comparison 95% of the Scottish population are of

white ethnicity.

Religion or Belief

Scottish Government does not collect data regarding the religion or beliefs held by people placed in B&B for more than 7 days.

No evidence gathered.

No comprehensive and accurate data is available.

Currently we do not gather data on this characteristic and so we are unable to determine what the direct/indirect impact of this policy may be on this characteristic.

We do aim to keep it under review and work with analysts to change the information captured by the housing/homelessness returns by local authorities to look to include data on the characteristics that are absent at the moment but when included will provide a

better view on how they are affected and represented in the homelessness sector and ensure we have considered this characteristic fully.

We will seek to engage with organisations representing this characteristic to establish what their concerns are, and will then use that information to review and revise as necessary our policy, with this stakeholder intelligence sitting alongside information developed by analysts.

Marriage and Civil Partnership

(the Scottish Government does not require assessment against this protected characteristic unless the policy or practice relates to work, for example HR policies and practices - refer to Definitions of Protected Characteristics document for details)

Scottish Government does not collect data regarding the marriage or civil partnership status of people placed in B&B for more than 7 days.

No evidence gathered.

No comprehensive and accurate data is available.

At the moment we do not gather data on this characteristic and so we are unable to determine what the direct/indirect impact of this policy may be on this characteristic.

We aim to keep it under review and work with analysts to change the information captured by the housing/homelessness returns by local authorities to look to include data on the characteristics that are absent at the moment but when included will provide a

better view on how they are affected and represented in the homelessness sector and ensure we have considered this characteristic fully.

We will seek to engage with organisations representing this characteristic to establish what their concerns are, and will then use that information to review and revise as necessary our policy, with this stakeholder intelligence sitting alongside information developed by analysts.


Contact

Email: Homelessness_External_Mail@gov.scot