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S5W-09057: Graham Simpson (Central Scotland)

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

Date lodged: 27 April 2017

To ask the Scottish Government what requirements there are on local authorities to ensure that a homeless person is secured accommodation in a timely manner.

Answered by: Kevin Stewart 9 May 2017

Homelessness legislation sets out the requirements on local authorities to ensure a homeless person can access accommodation in a timely matter.

The local authority has a legal duty to provide a minimum of temporary accommodation and advice and assistance to all those it finds to be homeless or threatened with homelessness. If the household is unintentionally homeless, it is entitled to settled accommodation. Additionally, the statutory Code of Guidance on Homelessness supports local authorities in their implementation of these legislative requirements.