Operation of the Homeless Persons Legislation in Scotland: 2011-12

This bulletin provides information on homelessness applications, assessments and outcomes to 31 March 2012. It includes information on the characteristics of applicant households, local authority assessments and the action taken in respect of cases that were concluded. Snapshot data on households in temporary accommodation at 31 March 2012 are presented and notifications of households at risk of homelessness due to eviction/repossession.


1. The proportion of cases assessed as homeless and accorded priority need measures performance against the National Indicator - 'Improve access to suitable housing options for those in housing need' . Further information is available at: http://www.scotland.gov.uk/About/scotPerforms/indicator/housingneed. The assessments chapter of this bulletin from paragraph 4.16 onwards explains the indicator. Chart 8 and Table 4 give full details for each council area.
2. 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.
3. Further information is available at: http://www.scotland.gov.uk/About/scotPerforms/indicator/housingneed.
4. The statement can be found at http://www.scotland.gov.uk/Publications/2005/12/21133010/30107.
The statement also set interim targets for each council. Progress against the interim targets was reported in the Homelessness Statistics Bulletin 2008-09.
5. 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.
6. The local authorities are Argyll & Bute, Dumfries and Galloway, Glasgow City, Eilean Siar (Western Isles), Inverclyde and Scottish Borders.
7. The estimate of the number of social lets (excluding transfer lets) available during 2010-11 is derived from the number of local authority lets recorded by councils in their annual lettings return and estimated housing association lets in 2010-11 from the number new build completions and 2009-10 statistics on the turnover of housing association stock.
8. This is the quarterly HL2 summary return. Copies of the return and guidance notes are available at HL2 Form and Guidance
9. From 31 March 2008 there is a break in comparability in numbers in temporary accommodation in Glasgow. From this date, as a result of 'legacy' case reviews of asylum applications undertaken by the Home Office, there was a significant increase in numbers of households - particularly households with children - recorded as homeless and in temporary accommodation. Paragraph 13 of the notes on the statistics provides a fuller explanation and the impact on the totals for each quarter.
10. For a note on the issues surrounding section 11 notifications, please download the paper available at: http://scotland.gov.uk/Topics/Statistics/15257/22540/meeting18042012/paper2-6
11. http://www.scotland.gov.uk/Topics/Statistics/Browse/Housing-Regeneration/HSfS/NewBuild


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