Homelessness Statistics

Read more about homelessness statistics and publications, including the operation of the Homeless Persons Legislation in Scotland, and notifications under s11 of the Homelessness etc (Scotland) Act 2003 of households at risk of homelessness due to eviction

Guidance and other publications

Information and Resources for Local Authorities

Many of the duties of local authorities duties to homeless people are set out in the Housing (Scotland) Act 1987 as amended.

The duties include a statutory responsibility to anyone threatened with or experiencing homelessness. By law, local authorities must offer a minimum of temporary accommodation, advice and assistance to all homeless households and those at risk of homelessness.

For example, they must assess the levels of homelessness in their area and produce homelessness strategies and provide information and advice about homelessness free of charge.

They also have a duty to ensure that housing and homelessness advice and assistance is provided to all people, free of charge, in their areas, and must consider the best interests of children (see the guidance on the Best Interests of Children).

More generally the Scottish Government publishes a statutory Code of Guidance on Homelessness, which councils must regard when carrying out their duties.