Ending homelessness together: annual report 2022

This annual report sets out the progress made in the last 12 months by national government, local government and third sector partners towards ending homelessness in Scotland.


1 Benefit cap – CPAG intervention – R (SG and others) v SSWP formerly JS and others | CPAG.

2 Case summary: The benefit cap and human rights | Just Fair.

3 Joint Briefing with Women's Aid: The Benefit Cap and Domestic Abuse – Shelter England.

4 £68.1 million will be used to fully mitigate the UK Government’s bedroom tax and £15.1 million will be used to mitigate other UK Government welfare cuts (including up to £7.2 million to mitigate the benefit cap, as far as we are able within devolved powers). We intend to invest a further £5 million in DHPs – subject to the outcome of the emergency budget review – so that local authorities can help people on low incomes who are struggling with rising energy bills.

5 Impact Report 2022 | Scottish Empty Homes Partnership.

6 Housing First pathfinder tracker, September 2021.

7 Housing First is built around a series of principles to meet, rather than a series of specific tasks or activities to deliver. The seven principles are:

1. People have a right to a home

2. Flexible support is provided for as long as it is needed

3. Housing and support are separated

4. People have choice and control

5. An active engagement approach is used

6. The service is based on people’s strengths, goals and aspirations

7. A harm reduction approach is used

8 Research reveals the hardships of those begging in Edinburgh – Shelter Scotland, March 2019.

9 Poverty, particularly childhood poverty, is a powerful predictor of homelessness in adulthood. See Can homelessness happen to anyone? Don’t believe the hype | British Politics and Policy at LSE, July 2017.

10 The NRPF Gateway is supported by a consortium of third sector organisations and sets out to deliver the Everyone Home Collective’s route map to end destitution. It will provide a third sector led coordinated accommodation pathway and support package for people with NRPF who are not eligible for local authority support. The Scottish Government will continue to support the implementation of the NRPF Gateway as far as is possible within devolved competence.

11 Since 2019, the Scottish Government has provided almost £2 million to our partner organisations to help EU citizens to apply to the EU Settlement Scheme. This support will continue until at least March 2023. This includes funding for an immigration advisor working in COSLA and outreach and advice provided by the Citizens’ Rights Project. The Scottish Government also delivers an advice service, in partnership with Citizens’ Advice Scotland, to support EU citizens making late applications to the EU Settlement Scheme and understand their rights. This will continue until at least March 2023. The Scottish Government has provided funding to the Scottish Refugee Council to support a pilot diagnostic legal advice and advocacy support service for people with NRPF. The project, developed in partnership with Fair Way Scotland, will provide data to help us understand the circumstances of people that require legal support and the extent and nature of NRPF destitution in Scotland.

12 Of the 28,882 homeless households in 2021-22, 28,513 (99 per cent) were assessed as unintentionally homeless, with the remaining 369 assessed as intentionally homeless.


Email: Homelessness_External_Mail@gov.scot

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