COSLA response to the Minister for Local Government and Housing

Responding to the Minister for Local Government and Housing Kevin Stewart’s comments earlier today (Wednesday) on the most recent set of recommendation from the Homelessness and Rough Sleeping Action Group available here, COSLA Community Wellbeing Spokesperson Elena Whitham said: "I would like to add my thanks to organisations who worked so hard work to support those sleeping rough during last week’s extreme weather.

“This latest set of recommendations rightly focus on improving the offering available to those sleeping rough, or at risk of sleeping rough, across Scotland. We note the Minister has accepted all the recommendations in principle.

“The Minister is right, the recommendations will require concerted effort across all of the public sector to deliver. COSLA, Councils, and our partners in the housing sector, stand ready to engage with Scottish Government on how these recommendations, and those from the Local Government Committee’s report on homelessness, can positively influence work already underway to improve outcomes for rough sleepers and those at risk of homelessness more generally.”   

In addition, ALACHO Co-Chairs Annette Finnan and John Mills said: “Homelessness and rough sleeping should be things of the past, that they are not shows up how unfair and unbalanced our housing system has become. 

“ALACHO members will welcome these new recommendations, they reflect much of the good work that is already going on in local councils across Scotland. We look forward to working with the Scottish Government and other partners to make the changes that our housing system needs as well as to arguing for the investment in new homes and improved support services to end the problem of homelessness and bad housing for good.”

Article published: 
Wed, 07/03/2018 - 15:22