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The Chartered Institute of Housing is the independent voice for housing and the home of professional standards

CIH Scotland comments on latest biannual homelessness statistics


CIH Scotland has commented on the publication of new homelessness and housing options statistics for Scotland, released today (27 June 2017) by the Scottish Government.

The statistics provide information on homelessness applications, assessments and outcomes in the period up to 31 March 2017. They also provide snapshot data on households in temporary accommodation on 31 March 2017 together with data on the implementation of the Homeless Persons (Unsuitable Accommodation) (Scotland) Order 2014.

CIH Scotland policy and practice manager Ashley Campbell said:

“While important progress has been made to reduce the number of homeless applications in Scotland, this latest set of statistics shows that this progress is now slowing down significantly. Achieving further progress will require concerted efforts and more intensive support for those who do become homeless, many of whom will have multiple complex needs.”

Ashley Campbell added:

“CIH Scotland is equally concerned about the substantial number of people who continue to live in temporary accommodation. Keeping people housed in temporary accommodation is both costly to society and potentially damaging to the long term health and wellbeing of those affected. Given the numbers still involved, finding long-term housing solutions for those currently living in temporary accommodation must remain a top priority.”


Notes to Editors

1. The latest biannual homelessness statistics for Scotland were published today (27th June 2017) by the Scottish Government:

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

3. For further information, please contact: Alex Bruce at Orbit Communications on or 07747 636504.


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