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Technical Note for Scotland Performs Indicators and Targets – National Indicator 28
This page relates to the 2007 version of the National Performance Framework. Information about the current version of the NPF is available on the Scotland Performs Home Page.
Scotland Performs National Indicator 28 - All unintentionally homeless households will be entitled to settled accommodation by 2012
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Percentage of homeless households that are entitled to settled accommodation.
All unintentionally homeless households will be entitled to settled accommodation by 2012.
The Government is committed to the target, enshrined in the Homelessness etc (Scotland) Act 2003 that, by no later than 2012, councils will have the same duty to house all homeless households which they currently have to those assessed as in priority need.
Progress towards the target is measured by the number of homeless and potentially homeless households assessed as in priority need as a proportion of all homeless and potentially homeless households.
At present, a significant proportion of other homeless households - mainly single people - are assessed as non-priority.
Some applicants lose contact with councils before the outcome of their application and others refuse the accommodation offered by the council.
The legislation states that generally unintentionally homeless households in priority need are entitled to permanent accommodation. Additionally, local authorities may offer non-permanent accommodation to these households where they invoke the Homeless Persons (Provisions of Non-permanent Accommodation) (Scotland) Regulations 2010.
Strategic Objective(s) to Which Indicator Relates
Wealthier & Fairer: By achieving the target, all homeless households will be treated equally rather than being distinguished between as at present. Securing settled accommodation with support where needed will give homeless applicants greater access to training and employment opportunities.
Healthier: Securing settled accommodation with support where needed will improve overall health & wellbeing of homeless applicants and provide a stable environment to assist those with drug and alcohol problems.
Safer and Stronger: Communities are stronger and more cohesive when everybody has the opportunity to contribute. Homeless people are also safer when they have settled accommodation.
More Detailed Definitions
Definitions of Keywords
Applicant household: Those seeking assistance under the homelessness legislation.
Unintentionally homeless: Those assessed by councils as homeless or potentially homeless in priority need but not intentionally so.
Maintained contact: Applications not recorded as having lost contact with the council.
Accommodation secured: Offer of appropriate accommodation made by the council whether or not taken up by the applicant.
Settled accommodation: For most applicants this will be the offer of permanent accommodation as defined in the legislation. However, some applicants may be offered accommodation under the Homeless Persons Interim Accommodation Regulations (Scotland) 2002.
Homelessness statistics supplied to the Scottish Government Communities Analytical Services Division electronically in HL1 returns. These returns provide detail on the progress and outcome of each application for assistance.
Baseline and Past Trends
Baseline:- 2006/07: 76.8%
Methodology for Data Source
Percentage = 100*total number assessed as in priority need / total number assessed as homeless, where the date of application is in the given financial year.
Data Ownership and Quality Assurance
Source of data is HL1 case returns from councils. Outputs are National Statistics. Data provided by councils and analysis managed by Scottish Government.
Publication of Data
Annual (financial year) summary publication of applications and outcomes in autumn following the end of the financial year.
Methodology for Recent Change Arrow on Scotland Performs
This evaluation is based on: any difference within +/- 1.0 percentage points of last year's figure suggests that the position is more likely to be maintaining than showing any change. An increase of 1.0 percentage points or more suggests the position is improving; whereas a decrease of 1.0 percentage points or more suggests the position is worsening.
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Page updated: Tuesday, December 13, 2011