Veteran suicide and homelessness in Scotland statistics: FOI release

Information request and response under the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002.

Information requested

You asked if there has ever been an open enquiry into veterans suicides in Scotland and are any homeless veterans in Scotland placed in hotels in Scotland at this time.


In response to your first point, I can confirm that there has not been an open enquiry into veterans suicides in Scotland. However you may find the following reports useful.

A Connected Scotland - tackling social isolation and loneliness: Dec 2018

The Strategy for Our Veterans: Nov 2018

In response to your query on homeless veterans in Scotland placed in hotels, our national homelessness statistics record people who are assessed as homeless that were formerly in the armed forces. The latest statistics published in August cover the period April 2019 to the end of March 2020 and therefore do not cover the majority of the coronavirus lockdown period.

The table below gives a snapshot of households with a member who was previously in the armed forces who were in temporary accommodation at 31st March 2020, by accommodation type. However, this data collection does not record people who were placed into hotels.



Local Authority ordinary dwelling


Housing Association/ Registered Social Landlord dwelling


Hostel - Local Authority owned


Hostel – Registered Social Landlord


Hostel Other


Bed and Breakfast


Womens Refuge


Private Sector Lease


Other placed by local authority


*Note that figures have been rounded to the nearest multiple of 5 for disclosure control purposes.

In response to the coronavirus public health emergency, between April and the end of August 2020, we provided over £1.5 million to third sector organisations to enable them to provide emergency hotel accommodation and support for people experiencing, or at risk of experiencing homelessness, this includes people sleeping rough. Information on whether the people supported were veterans is not collected centrally by the Scottish Government.

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