Fairer Scotland Duty - Summary
Title of Policy, Strategy, Programme etc
The Homeless Persons (Unsuitable Accommodation) (Scotland) Amendment (No.2) Order 2020
Summary of aims and expected outcomes of strategy, proposal, programme or policy
The aim of the policy is to amend drafting issues in the 2020/139 Homeless Persons (Unsuitable Accommodation) (Scotland) Amendment Order 2020 (laid May 2020) which amended the Homeless Persons (Unsuitable Accommodation) (Scotland) Order 2014, to ensure that that no homeless household group is disadvantaged as a result.
To ensure that new models of temporary accommodation, shared tenancies, community hosting and rapid access accommodation meet the relevant suitability criteria of Article 5 of the 2014 Order.
Adding wording that states that the new models of accommodation are not suitable where the household includes:
- a pregnant woman;
- a dependent child;
- or a person who exercises parental rights in respect of a dependent child who is not part of the household; and
- where the household has agreed to be placed in the accommodation.
Adding wording to ensure that the physical accessibility and suitability needs of vulnerable people are met.
Summary of evidence
The amendment provides:
more clarity on the new models of temporary accommodation and the relevant suitability criteria they must meet.
states that this accommodation is not suitable where the household includes a pregnant woman, a family with dependent child, or a person who exercises parental rights in respect of a dependent child who is not part of the household.
Adds that a household must agree to be placed in the accommodation; and
that local authorities need to ensure that the physical accessibility and suitability needs of vulnerable people are met.
The long term policy implementation implications will mean that no-one who is homeless should be in unsuitable accommodation for more than seven days and all should move to settled accommodation quicker.
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
This amendment is being made to remedy the drafting issues of the legislation 2020/139 laid in May 2020. To provide clarity and avoid misinterpretation of the legislation laid in May 2020 so that no homeless household is placed in unsuitable temporary accommodation for more than seven days.
Janine Kellett, Unit Head, Homelessness, Better Homes Division
8 December 2020
On behalf of:
Name: Catriona MacKean
Job title: DD Better Homes Division