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Operation of the Homeless Persons Legislation in Scotland: 2013-14

This bulletin provides information on homelessness applications, assessments and outcomes to 31 March 2014. 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 2014 are also presented.


Table 6c

Assessment decision by main reason for application: Scotland: 2012-13 and 2013-14

2012-13 2013-14
Priority homeless Non-priority homeless Assessed as not homeless Lost contact, withdrew etc All assessments Homeless (Note 2) Non-priority homeless Assessed as not homeless Lost contact, withdrew etc All assessments
All reasons 30,791 1,370 2,156 5,842 40,159 29,326 0 1,720 5,313 36,359
Termination of tenancy / mortgage due to rent arrears / default on payments 1,589 71 159 277 2,096 1,556 0 132 234 1,922
Applicant terminated secure accommodation 564 34 51 96 745 528 0 37 72 637
Loss of service / tied accommodation 215 18 6 30 269 204 0 9 26 239
Discharge from prison / hospital / care / other institution 2,061 30 25 276 2,392 1,991 0 41 244 2,276
Emergency (fire, flood, storm, closing order from Environmental Health etc.) 147 1 19 55 222 114 0 32 36 182
Forced division and sale of matrimonial home 212 5 14 32 263 189 0 15 22 226
Other reason for loss of accommodation 1,974 89 102 313 2,478 1,545 0 81 209 1,835
Dispute within household: violent or abusive 3,635 8 130 582 4,355 3,441 0 117 592 4,150
Dispute within household / relationship breakdown: non-violent 5,100 373 267 1,069 6,809 4,777 0 214 939 5,930
Fleeing non-domestic violence 746 7 185 155 1,093 679 0 115 122 916
Harassment 550 7 166 110 833 502 0 109 57 668
Overcrowding 448 8 34 74 564 368 0 22 57 447
Asked to leave 7,729 516 481 1,713 10,439 7,413 0 400 1,699 9,512
Other reason for leaving accommodation / household 2,949 83 312 740 4,084 3,168 0 259 777 4,204
Other action by landlord resulting in the termination of the tenancy 2,872 120 205 320 3,517 2,851 0 137 227 3,215

Note 1:- All homeless and priority homeless assessment decisions include households assessed as threatened with homelessness.

Note 2:- In November 2012 the Scottish Parliament approved the Homelessness (Abolition of Priority Need Test) (Scotland) Order 2012. This meets the homelessness commitment and ensures that from 31st December 2012 onwards, local authorities no longer apply the priority need test to homeless households.

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Email: Andrew Waugh or Ian Morton

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