Operation of the homeless persons legislation in Scotland: quarters ending 30 June and 30 September 2007 (including households in temporary accommodation at 31 December 2007)

Routine homelessness statistics update to September 2007

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  • Developing the range of statistics and analysis we produce;
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7. To develop our workforce and competences

  • Ensuring recruitment of staff with the necessary skills and potential;
  • Ensuring development of expertise amongst existing staff;
  • Promoting and upholding the standards of the statistics profession.

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These statistics undergo regular quality assurance reviews to ensure that they meet customer needs. They are produced free from any political interference.

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Enquiries on Scottish Government Housing Statistics should be addressed to:

Dr Andrew Waugh or Chris Gosling

Communities Analytical Services
Area 1-F Dockside
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Telephone: (0131) 244 7233;
Fax: (0131) 244 0446
e-mail: homelessnessstatistics@scotland.gsi.gov.uk

General enquiries on Scottish Government statistics can be addressed to:

Ryan Stewart

Office of the Chief Statistician
Scottish Government
3 Floor West Rear, St Andrews House

Telephone: (0131) 244 0442;
Fax: (0131) 244 0335
e-mail: statistics.enquiries@scotland.gsi.gov.uk

Advice on specific areas of Scottish Government statistical work can be obtained from staff at the telephone numbers given below:

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Agricultural census and labour force

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(0131) 244 6441

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(0131) 244 2227

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(0131) 244 2225

Other contacts for Scottish statistics

Forestry Commission

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(0131) 313 6575

General Register Office for Scotland

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Registered Social Landlord statistics

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Current staff names, e-mail addresses and the publications listed below as well as a range of other statistical publications can be found on the Scottish Government website at www.scotland.gov.uk/stats

Further information on the General Register Office for Scotland is available on the website www.gro-scotland.gov.uk

Most recent statistical publications relating to the Natural and Built Environment theme (housing only)

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Last published



Local Authority Housing Income and Expenditure 2006-06to 2007-07

January 2007



Housing Trends in Scotland : Quarter ending 30 September 2007

February 2007



Supporting People Client Statistics 2005-06

March 2007



Housing Trends in Scotland : Quarter ending 31 December 2007

May 2007



Local Authority Housing Income and Expenditure 2007-07to 2007-08

July 2007



Operation of the Homeless Persons Legislation in Scotland: National and Local Authority Analyses 2007-07

October 2007


Housing Statistics for Scotland web based information resource

February 2008


Supporting People Client Statistics 2006-07

March 2008


Additional copies of these publications may be purchased from Scottish Government Publication Sales, Blackwell's Bookshop, 53 South Bridge, Edinburgh, EH1 1YZ, Telephone: (0131) 662 8283, Fax: (0131) 557 8149. Cheques should be made payable to 'Blackwell's Bookshop'.

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If you are not satisfied with our service, please write to the Chief Statistician, Mr Rob Wishart, 3 Floor East Rear, St Andrews House, Edinburgh, EH1 3DG, Telephone: (0131) 244 0302, e-mail rob.wishart@scotland.gov.uk. We also welcome any comments or suggestions that would help us to improve our standards of service.

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