CIH Scotland reacts to publication of new Homelessness Action Plan
The Scottish Government has today (Tuesday 27 November) published a new High Level Action Plan which sets out how it will tackle homelessness and improve the use of temporary accommodation in Scotland.
Commenting on the Action Plan, CIH President Jim Strang said:
“CIH Scotland welcomes the publication of this new Action Plan as although homelessness is falling, the use of temporary accommodation is rising and it remains one of the biggest challenges facing Scotland today.
“However if we are to move towards a Rapid Rehousing and Housing First approach and limit the use of temporary accommodation, it is vital that the Scottish Government keeps its focus on increasing the supply of new housing at or above existing rates across all tenures, while remaining committed to increasing affordable housing provision.”
He then added:
“We are pleased to see that the Action Plan recognises the need for homelessness prevention for the most vulnerable, including women and children fleeing domestic abuse, as domestic abuse is one of the leading causes of homelessness amongst women
“We also want to see plans to support changes to the law to allow survivors, and not perpetrators, of domestic abuse to have a right to stay in their own home whenever possible and commit to the creation of a new Emergency Fund to ensure that survivors don’t fall into financial hardship as a result of domestic abuse. This would allow survivors of domestic abuse to rebuild their lives free from the threat of homelessness.”
Notes to Editors1. The Chartered Institute of Housing (CIH) is the independent voice for housing and the home of professional standards. Our goal is simple – to provide housing professionals with the advice, support and knowledge they need to be brilliant. CIH is a registered charity and not-for-profit organisation. This means that the money we make is put back into the organisation and funds the activities we carry out to support the housing sector. We have a diverse membership of people who work in both the public and private sectors, in 20 countries on five continents across the world. Further information is available at: www.cih.org
2. The Chartered Institute of Housing is encouraging housing organisations to come together to help tackle domestic abuse through its Make a Stand Campaign. Further information about the campaign can be found here.
3. For further information, please contact Callum Chomczuk, National Director of CIH Scotland on 0131 225 4544 or email firstname.lastname@example.org