Date lodged: 14 August 2018
To ask the Scottish Government what (a) discussions and (b) meetings the Minister for Local Government, Housing and Planning has had with (i) the leadership of Glasgow City Council and (ii) third sector organisations in the last 12 months regarding rough sleeping in Glasgow.
Answered by: Kevin Stewart 11 September 2018
A summary report on the Winter Initiative, which details the actions taken, including practical measures to increase the capacity of accommodation and frontline services and the improved outcomes achieved for people at risk of sleeping rough in Glasgow, Edinburgh and Aberdeen was published on 10 August.
With support from Scottish Government, the Homelessness and Rough Sleeping Action Group 2017-18 Winter Initiative brought together local authority and third sector partners, including from Glasgow, to focus on implementing measures to reduce rough sleeping during last winter in our major cities where incidents of rough sleeping are highest.
Scottish Government continues to work closely with all local authority and third sector partners to address homelessness and rough sleeping across Scotland, including Glasgow.
In February I met with the Scottish Housing Regulator to discuss homelessness and rough sleeping in Glasgow before they published their report.
On the 5 October I attended and addressed the launch meeting of the Homelessness and Rough Sleeping Action Group at which rough sleeping in Glasgow was discussed, and which was also attended by the Chief Social Work Officer of Glasgow City Health and Social Care Partnership.
I met with Simon Community Scotland in September last year to discuss rough sleeping in Glasgow.