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Scots Homeless Flood to Claim Housing

Magazine article Public Finance

Scots Homeless Flood to Claim Housing

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Increased rights for the homeless in Scotland have led to a flood of applications, with one in every 100 Scots seeking accommodation, it was disclosed this week.

Latest figures showed that a record number of applications are now being made to Scotland's 32 local authorities. According to an analysis by The Scotsman newspaper, the figure has doubled over the past ten years and has risen by 24% since devolution.

In 2001, the Scottish Parliament introduced rules requiring councils to accommodate anyone who demanded it. Of the 54,829 applications in 2003/04,38,650 were assessed as from the homeless.

The Scottish Executive said the increase was a response to reforms designed to make it easier for people to claim homeless status. A spokesman said: 'By improving their rights, people are encouraged to come forward and get help. This may have led to some of the previously "hidden homeless" coming forward to clam their rights. …

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