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Homeslessnes For Prisoners Families Written Answer, 07/01/15 [S]

Written answer given in response to Mary Fee (Lab) question asking the Scottish Government how much it has spent on (a) preventing and (b) tackling homelessness in prisoners and their families in each of the last five years.

The Minister for Housing and Welfare, Margaret Burgess replied that The Scottish Government is committed to addressing homelessness amongst prisoners and their families. All those assessed as unintentionally homeless by local authorities, including prisoners upon liberation, are entitled to settled accommodation as a legal right. The Scottish Government is prioritising the prevention of homelessness through the funding of five regional local authorities led Housing Options Hubs. In June 2010 the Scottish Government provided 500,000 of 'enabling funding' to the Housing Options Hubs over a 14 -month period. This funding assisted local authorities to make the changes needed to move towards the housing options approach through commissioning research, funding joint training, work shadowing, and sharing practice. Since April 2012 the Scottish Government has provided ongoing support funding of 150,000 per annum to the hubs to assist with their continuing development, with a commitment to 2015-16.

For the full answer to this and other questions see the Scottish Parliament Written Answer Report 7 January 2015 which is available from the Scottish Parliament website.

Further Information

Scottish Parliament Written Answer Report 7 January 2015