Homelessness and Rough Sleeping Recommendations COSLA/ALACHO Comment

Councillor Elena Whitham, COSLA Community Wellbeing Spokesperson said:

"The funding commitment set out today by the Minister is welcome - rapid rehousing transition plans and housing first are both critical to get right. COSLA will work with Scottish Government to understand the detail of the funding available for Councils, and our partners across the housing sector and beyond, in order to ensure delivery is effective and delivers the transformational change required.

"I must once again add my thanks for the continued focus and drive of the Homelessness and Rough Sleeping Action Group – the time and relentless focus of the group to answer each of the four questions set for them is admirable and greatly appreciated. I note the Minister's acceptance of these recommendations in principle and – I particularly welcome the inclusion of recommendations around addressing welfare reform – a significant issued in my own area East Ayrshire Council and the recommendation for a public awareness campaign designed to tackle negative attitudes / stigma about homelessness and homeless people is one I am particularly interested in given my background working with people with experience of homelessness – the attitudes encountered are not acceptable and we must work to change this.  

"As the action group comes to its natural end, we have from their suite of recommendations, and the Local Government Committee of the Scottish Parliaments report on homelessness a comprehensive set of ideas and actions that can transform the outcomes of those who find themselves at risk of homelessness, homelessness or rough sleeping. The Homelessness Prevention Strategy Group, which I co-chair with Kevin Stewart - Minister for Local Government and Housing will now continue the work already in train to provide strategic leadership and challenge to ensure this comprehensive set of recommendations is taken forward."

Responding on behalf of ALACHO, Co-chairs John Mills and Annette Finnan said:

"ALACHO welcomes the opportunity to work closely with the Scottish Government and COSLA to make a sound start to planning for the introduction of Rapid Re-Housing Transition Plans over the next 5 years.  The publication of the final HARSAG report and the Minister’s statement in Parliament later today is a significant step forward to change our direction to prevent and reduce homelessness in Scotland.  The utilisation of the Ending of Homelessness Together Fund is important to ensure that more resources are available to properly plan and implement the Rapid Re-Housing Transition Plan and the Housing First component of that Plan."

Article published: 
Wed, 27/06/2018 - 08:29