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S5W-04357: Alex Cole-Hamilton (Edinburgh Western)

Scottish Liberal Democrats

Date lodged: 3 November 2016

To ask the Scottish Government what assessment it has made of the extent to which recipients of local housing allowance residing in supported accommodation may be worse off (a) in total, and (b) on average should the planned cap be introduced and, if no assessment has been made, whether it will consider doing so and in what timescale.

Answered by: Kevin Stewart 16 November 2016

No assessment has been made on the impact of local housing allowance changes to groups of recipients in supported accommodation. The UK Government has undertaken a substantial body of research on the provision of supported accommodation across Great Britain which we understand will shortly be published along with a consultation paper. When it is published we will consider this research carefully, and consider whether the Scottish Government needs to undertake further research or analysis.

The Scottish Government does not currently collect data on people in supported accommodation, however Scottish Government are currently in the process of implementing a data collection which will provide some data on this.