CIH Scotland comments on new Scottish homelessness statistics
CIH Scotland has commented on new figures on homelessness in Scotland, published today (17 January 2017) by the Scottish Government.
CIH Scotland executive director Annie Mauger said:
“Today’s statistics continue to show a downward trend in the number of people being assessed as homeless and this is testament to the hard work of the housing sector and its focus on prevention. However, we are concerned by the number of households who find themselves in temporary accommodation and particularly the rise in the number of households with children living in temporary accommodation – 3,174 at the end of September last year, a 13% increase on the corresponding number a year previously.
“Temporary accommodation is not ideal for any household but can be particularly disruptive for children. These statistics show the need for a continued focus on providing enough good quality, affordable homes with the right type of support in place to ensure that every household in Scotland has a safe secure place to call home.”
Notes to Editors
1. Updated figures on homelessness in Scotland for the period to September 2016 were published today (17th January 2017) by the Scottish Government: http://news.gov.scot/news/homelessness-and-housing-options-statistics-published-1
2. The Chartered Institute of Housing (CIH) is the independent voice for housing and the home of professional standards. Our goal is simple – to provide housing professionals with the advice, support and knowledge they need to be brilliant. CIH is a registered charity and not-for-profit organisation. This means that the money we make is put back into the organisation and funds the activities we carry out to support the housing sector. We have a diverse membership of people who work in both the public and private sectors, in 20 countries on five continents across the world. Further information is available at: www.cih.org
3. For further information, please contact: Annie Mauger, executive director, CIH Scotland - 0131 225 4544 or firstname.lastname@example.org