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New changes to housing law

 
November 2nd 2010
 


The Scottish Parliament's Local Government and Communities Committee has introduced new changes to the national Housing Bill, which strengthens the way in which local councils support families who are at risk of homelessness.

The amendment, raised by Labour MSP Mary Mulligan, has been welcomed as the result of co-operation between several organisations including Shelter Scotland, Quarriers, Scottish Churches Association and Scottish Veteran Residences.

Graeme Brown, director of Shelter Scotland, commented: "I am pleased that the minister and MSPs listened to the evidence on the benefits that better support for homeless people will bring.

"It will ensure that people get the help to turn a house into a home and prevent the huge waste of repeat homelessness. I am keen now to work in partnership with the Scottish Government and local authorities to turn the new rules into effective and workable action on the ground.

The changes to housing support have two main aims: to give councils a duty to investigate the needs of homeless people who require support; and to provide the services that are necessary.

Paul Moore, chief executive at Quarriers, also welcomed the changes in the law: "Getting the right support is a vital part of the process in helping to transform the lives of young homeless people and the passing of this amendment is a hugely positive step forward."

 
 
 

November 2010

 

Contents

London's hub

Why Rochester Row?

Over 1,800 convicted under Vagrancy Act

Estimates of ex-service homelessness exaggerated, claims charity

Gone, but not forgotten

A thousand cuts

Boris slammed by homelessness charity

Big Society event

Sleep outs spark debate

Homeless charities gear up for cuts

Children held for fire attack on homeless man in Jamaica

Housing associations treble surpluses

Homeless hate crime passed in Florida

Homeless tours of London

Punks party for the homeless

In from the cold

Ex-homeless Mr England

Housing benefit help

Council strategy restricts emergency beds

First new council homes in a generation

Evictions fall by a third

New changes to housing law

Churches charity urges government to meet housing targets

World Aids Day - 1 December

Could cuts see the return of hostels?

Street Shield 18: A mystery to solve

 

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