Fairer Scotland Duty
Title of Policy, Strategy, Programme etc
The Homeless Persons (Unsuitable Accommodation) (Scotland) Amendment Order 2020
Summary of aims and expected outcomes of strategy, proposal, programme or policy
The aim of the policy is to extend the seven day restriction on time spent in unsuitable accommodation to all people experiencing homelessness. The extension means that the maximum number of days that local authorities can use unsuitable accommodation for any homeless person is 7 days.
The current Unsuitable Accommodation Order (UAO) is only applicable to pregnant women or families with dependent children. Extending the UAO to all homeless people aims to reduce inequalities for other homeless groups. The UAO extension will mean that all groups (all homeless people) are covered by the restriction and should not be placed in unsuitable accommodation for more than 7 days.
Summary of evidence
The evidence shows that there are inequalities under the current UAO as there are only 2 homeless groups that are restricted from staying in unsuitable accommodation for more than 7 days.
Statistics show that it is detrimental to the general wellbeing for people who remain in unsuitable accommodation for long periods. Not having access to appropriate accommodation means they are more likely to suffer from various health issues.
Summary of assessment findings
No changes are being made to the proposed legislation as it aims to reduce the inequality for other 'non-priority' groups that currently exists.
Janine Kellett, Unit Head, Homelessness, Better Homes Division
4 May 2020
On behalf of:
Name: Catriona MacKean
Job title: DD Better Homes Division