Publication - Statistics

Homelessness in Scotland: 2016-2017

Published: 27 Jun 2017
Housing and Social Justice Directorate
Part of:
Housing, Statistics

An overview of key trends and features of homelessness in Scotland from 2016 to 2017, as at 31 March 2017.

32 page PDF

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32 page PDF

1.1 MB

Homelessness in Scotland: 2016-2017

32 page PDF

1.1 MB


1 The Code of Practice is found online at:

2 The forthcoming publication timetable is available at:

3 In accordance with the Homeless Persons (Unsuitable Accommodation) (Scotland) Order 2014.

4 The Housing (Scotland) Act 2001 extended councils' duties to non-priority homeless and the Homelessness etc. (Scotland) Act 2003 set the longer term objective of phasing out the distinction between priority and non-priority homeless. See Summary of Homelessness Legislation for more details.

5 In November 2012, the Scottish Parliament approved the Homelessness (Abolition of Priority Need Test) (Scotland) Order 2012.

6 Housing Options (PREVENT1) Statistics in Scotland: 2016/17 is published alongside this publication and are available at the same location online.

7 The Scottish Government's Housing Options Guidance, was published in March 2016 and is found online at:

This guidance responded to a set of recommendations from the Scottish Housing Regulator's Housing Options in Scotland - A thematic inquiry, published in May 2014, and found online at:


9 From 31st December 2012, the priority need test for homeless households was abolished. As a result, all unintentionally homeless households are entitled to settled accommodation. This includes RSL, LA or assured tenancies in the private rented sector.

10 To be classed as a repeat homelessness assessment the applicant household must (1) be assessed as homeless or threatened with homelessness in both applications; (2) the previous case must have been closed within 12 months of the current assessment and; (3) the adults and family circumstances also need to be the same in both applications.



13 If before 31 st December 2012.