FOI Request Homelessness Action

Request 101001635266

Please can you tell me the number of people who made a homelessness application to your local authority between the dates of November 1st 2016 - March 31st 2017?

In the case of each applicant, please can you also tell me what action was taken by the Council (i.e. duty to accommodate, no duty to accommodate, etc.) and why?

Can I also ask how many homeless applicants in your local authority have "do not accommodate" included in their file to-date. 

And, can you also tell me the number of homeless applicants who had "do not accommodate" included in their file between the dates of November 1st 2016 - March 31st 2017?

Response 17-10-2017

-Total 139

-The Housing (Scotland) Act 2001 amended the Housing (Scotland) Act 1987 requiring local authorities to provide TA to all homeless applicants whilst their applications are being assessed. Those who were assessed as being in priority need (part of a defined list of variables including, for example, vulnerability due to old age) were entitled to TA until permanent accommodation was found, or for those not in priority need, TA was to be provided for a reasonable period whilst the applicant was given information and assistance to secure alternative accommodation themselves.

The Homelessness etc. (Scotland) Act 2003 went a step further and removed the priority need distinction, meaning that all unintentionally homeless households were given the right to a permanent home. This became known as the ‘2012 commitment’ and from the end of 2012 local authorities have had to fulfil this duty.

Between the dates of 18/03/2016 & 27/03/2017 our homeless officers assessed 198 cases as follows:

Decision description Total
Homeless Intentional

12

Homeless Unintentional

101

Ineligible for assistance

1

Lost contact before decision made

1

Not homeless/potentially homeless

28

Resolved homeless prior to decision

23

Threatened with homeless unintentional

16

Withdrew application before decision

16

Total

198

Reason for approach Total
Applicant terminated secure accommodation

5

Asked to leave

71

Discharge from Prison/Care/Institution

7

Dispute in household: non-violent

25

Dispute in household: violent/abusive

17

Emergency fire/flood etc.

7

Fleeing non-domestic violence

3

Forced division & sale of matrimonial home

5

Harassment

3

Loss of service/tied accommodation

8

Other reason for leaving accommodation

17

Other reason for loss of accommodation

3

Overcrowding

5

Terminated Tenancy-other landlord action

15

Terminated Tenancy/Mortgage arrears/Payment default

7

Total

198

Outcome

Total

Local Authority tenancy

70

Moved in with friends/relatives

19

Not known

21

Other (known)

7

Prison

2

Private rented-Short Assured tenancy

8

Returned to previous/Present accommodation

44

RSL Tenancy

25

Shared property-Private rented sector

1

Supported accommodation or supported housing

1

Total

198

- None

- None

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