Welcome for local and national figures showing drop in homelessness

Angus South MSP Graeme Dey.

Angus South MSP Graeme Dey.

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Local MSP Graeme Dey has welcomed new figures indicating that homeless applications in Angus have fallen to their lowest point for some years.

The figures, released by Scotland’s Chief Statistician, reveal that 96 applications were lodged with Angus Council between April and June this year marking a 49 per cent fall on the same period last year.

This reduction was reflected nationally with Scottish local authorities receiving around 9,000 applications for homelessness assistance during the same period, seven per cent lower than in the same period in 2013.

In addition, the number assessed as homeless, or likely to become homeless within two months, also fell by three per cent to around 7,000.

Mr Dey said: “It is pleasing to see a reduction in the number of homeless applications across Scotland.

“I am particularly happy to see a 49 per cent drop in Angus between April and June this year.

“It is a strong indication that the approach taken by the Scottish Government and its partners is the correct one and we are certainly moving in the right direction.

“Of course there is still much we can do and the Scottish Government is committed to supporting people of all ages who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless.“

At 30 June 2014, there were just over 10,000 households in temporary accommodation, two per cent lower than at the same period in 2013. Of these, about a quarter were households with children, while there were 14 households with children in bed and breakfast accommodation.

There was one breach of the Unsuitable Temporary Accommodation Order.

The figures were produced by independent statistical staff free from any political interference, in accordance with professional standards set out in the Code of Practice for Official Statistics.