MACDONALD WELCOMES FALL IN HOMELESS RATE
Wednesday, 04 July 2012 09:12
An SNP Government-backed scheme is helping reduce the number of people being made homeless – demonstrating why decisions should be made in Scotland.
Falkirk East MSP Angus MacDonald said the figures are testament to the hard work by the Scottish Government and partners.
Compared with 2010-11, the reduction in homeless applications in Falkirk District is -49%.
Mr MacDonald said:
“In Scotland there has been an average reduction of 19% in homeless applications and a 15% fall in households assessed as either homeless or threatened with homelessness. In Falkirk District there has been reduction of 49% in homeless applications.
“These are welcome figures that show the SNP’s Scottish Housing Options Approach scheme is making a positive impact.
“We have backed the programme with investment of £500,000 and announced an additional £150,000 in April.”
“While David Cameron plans to cut welfare benefits, the SNP Scottish Government is working with local authorities to get ever closer to reaching our target that, by the end of 2012, all unintentionally homeless people will be entitled to settled accommodation.
“This simply demonstrates why decisions are best taken for Scotland by those who are 100% elected by people in Scotland."