Homelessness Reference Tables and Guidance

Homelessness Data Guidance and Analyses

This page contains:

  • the latest homelessness publications and reference tables.
  • the homelessness data we collect and how we analyse it
  • further information for users and data providers of homelessness statistics
  • Ad hoc analyses of homelessness data

 

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Forthcoming Publications

The following publication dates have been pre-annouced as follows:

Title of Publication

Date Publishing

Operation of the Homeless Persons Legislation in Scotland: Quarterly Update: April-June 2014

To be published at 09:30am on Tuesday 30th September 2014

 

Publications and Reference tables

Title of Publication/Reference Tables

Date Published

Links

Operation of the Homeless Persons legislation in Scotland: 2013-14

 

 

24 June 2014

 

Publication (PDF Format)

Publication (HTML Format)

Excel Tables and Charts

Annual Reference Tables

Operation of the Homeless Persons Legislation in Scotland: Quarterly Update: October-December 2013

Revised at 13:00 on 27 Mar 2014

Temporary Accommodation tables 6 to 10 had incorrectly labelled date header rows.  These have now been changed to show the snapshot dates at the end of the quarter.  This change affects none of the figures published in the bulletin.

25 March 2014

Publication (Word and PDF formats)

Excel Tables

Operation of the Homeless Persons Legislation in Scotland: Quarterly Update: July-September 2013 21 January 2014

Publication (Word and PDF formats)

Excel Tables

Operation of the Homeless Persons Legislation in Scotland: Quarterly Update: April-June 2013

Revised at 15:00 on 19 Nov 2013

Table 1 has been revised to reflect an error in the summation of the "Cases closed" rows.

19 November 2013

Publication (Word and PDF formats)

Excel Tables

Operation of the Homeless Persons legislation in Scotland: 2012-13

Revised at 17:46 on 17 September 2013

Table 16 - Due to a coding error, data in the notification columns for April to June 2012 were incorrect. These have now been revised to show the correct notifications for each local authority.

Revised at 11:55 27 August 2013

Paragraphs 6.2 to 6.4 have been revised to reflect changes in data on 17 July 2013.

  

Revised at 17:00 17 July 2013

Perth and Kinross Council have advised us that there was an error in the HL2 return they submitted to us for the quarter ending 31st March 2013.  The Council's accommodation database  picked up a large number of private sector tenancies created through their Rent Bond Guarantee Scheme and pulled them into the temporary accommodation report in the ‘Other’ category.  The publication has been revised to take account of the new data submitted.

Revised at 17:00 16 July 2013.

Due to accidental double entry of Fife Council's HL2 data, a number of tables, charts and related text in the annual publication have been revised. We would like to apologise to users of the statistics, and in particular, Fife Council for any inconvenience caused.

 

17:00 17 July 2013

Revised 17 September 2013

Publication (HTML and PDF Format)

Excel Tables and Charts

Annual Reference Tables

Operation of the Homeless Persons Legislation in Scotland:  Quarterly Update:  October-December 2012

26 March 2013

Publication (Word and PDF formats)

Excel Tables

Operation of the Homeless Persons Legislation in Scotland:  Quarterly Update:  July-September 2012

15 January 2013

Publication

Publication Tables (Excel)

Publication Charts (Excel)

Quarterly Reference Tables (Excel)

Temporary Accommodation Reference Tables (Excel)

Operation of the Homeless Persons Legislation in Scotland:  Quarterly Update:  April-June 2012

2 October 2012

Publication

Publication Tables (Excel)

Publication Charts (Excel)

Quarterly Reference Tables (Excel)

Temporary Accommodation Reference Tables (Excel)

Operation of the Homeless Persons legislation in Scotland: 2011-12

Paragraphs 3.6 – 3.15 of the publication have been amended to remove the quoted explanations provided by the three local authorities with the largest reductions in homelessness applications.  On reflection, and after discussion with the UK Statistics Authority, we considered that it would be appropriate to remove the quotes provided by these councils as this might inadvertently have conveyed the impression that the commentary was biased towards those with the greatest reduction in homeless applications.   We have also expanded the text in this section to provide a clearer explanation of why we assess that the reduction in homelessness applications is mainly due to the impact of a Scotland wide homelessness prevention initiative.

 

4 July 2013 - Table 2d has been revised. An error in the total row meant that the total row did not give the sum of the male and female rows. The total row in table 2d  has now been corrected.

26 June 2012

Publication

Publication Tables (Excel)

Publication Charts (Excel)

Quarterly Reference Tables

Temporary Accommodation Reference Tables

 

Operation of the homeless persons legislation in Scotland: quarters ending 30 June and 30 September 2011 (including households in temporary accommodation at 31 December 2011)

14 February 2012

Quarterly Reference Tables

Temporary Accommodation Reference Tables

Publication

Operation of the Homeless Persons legislation in Scotland: 2010-11

 

Please note: A minor revision has been made to Table 40 of the Annual Reference Tables. (02/09/2011)

30 August 2011

Annual Reference Tables

Publication

Also includes National and Local Authority Annual Time series reference tables.

Operation of the homeless persons legislation in Scotland: quarters ending 30 June and 30 September 2010 (including households in temporary accommodation at 31 December 2010)

03 March 2011

Quarterly Reference Tables

Publication

Quarterly Time series reference tables showing numbers of households in temporary accommodation at the end of each quarter

Also includes:-

  • Numbers of households with children and the number of dependent children at the end of each quarter
  • Numbers of breaches of unsuitable accommodation order

03 March 2011

Quarterly Reference Tables

Operation of the Homeless Persons legislation in Scotland: National and Local Authority Analyses 2009-10

31 August 2010

Annual Reference Tables

Publication

Also includes National and Local Authority Annual Time series reference tables.

Past publications have been archived and may be accessed here. Further homelessness tables are available on request; contact details below.

Guidance on the Use and Interpretation of Homelessness Statistics

Overview

There are two main sources of regular statistics on homelessness in Scotland, both of which draw on information from councils' administration of applications for homelessness assistance.

HL1 Return

Information provided in the HL1 system is the basis of all key statistics on trends in applications, assessments and outcomes; and of the analyses of the characteristics of homeless applicants, reasons for homelessness and outcomes for different groups. The HL1 system is the source of information used to track and report on the Scotland Performs Indicator on the proportion of homeless applications accorded priority status.

Following a period of consultation with local authorities, voluntary bodies and other interested parties, the revised HL1 data collection was introduced on 1 April 2007, taking into account recent changes in legislation and other information needs.

  • The HL1 return is stored in the Governments homelessness electronic system which gathers details on the progress of each application for assistance.

Guidance for completion of the HL1 return can be found on the homelessness data provider site.

HL2 Return

Information provided in the HL2 return is the basis of all statistics on numbers of households in temporary accommodation at the end of each quarter. In particular it provides information on the number of households in different types of temporary accommodation, separately for households with children or a household member pregnant and the number of dependent children in these households is also recorded. The HL2 also records the number of households in unsuitable accommodation (as defined in the Homeless Persons (Unsuitable Accommodation) (Scotland) Order 2004) and the number of breaches of the Order at the end of each quarter.

Revisions to HL2

The HL2 return was revised in April 2009 to include the number of notifications under section 11 of the Homelessness etc (Scotland) Act 2003 by social landlords, private landlords and creditors to Local Authorities during the quarter. Further information is outlined below.

  • The HL2 return was amended in April 2009 to include the number of notifications (under section 11 of the Homelessness etc (Scotland) Act 2003) from social landlords, private landlords and creditors to Local Authorities during the quarter. From 30 June 2009.
  • CURRENT: A revised HL2 return was made available to gather statistics on the number of households in non-permanent accommodation under new regulations. From 31 March 2011 onwards.

Interpreting Analyses from the HL1 electronic system

Stages of an application

In interpreting analyses from the HL1 system it is important to understand how we gather the information. It can take a significant amount of time for councils to resolve a homelessness application. Councils therefore provide updated information on each application at 3 key points in the application process. The table below gives a brief summary of the information gathered at each stage. The links in the table take you to the questions on the HL1 showing what information is available at that stage of the process.

Stage of Application Information gathered
Application stage(Q1-Q16c) : When the application is made Application details: Household characteristics, applicants circumstances for applying.
Assessment stage(Q17-Q20d) : When the application has been assessed Assessment Details: Reasons for assessment, support needs identified, local connection with LA or other LA established.
Outcome stage (Q21-Q27) : When the council has discharged its duty Housing Outcome: Offers made to applicants: Final Rehousing outcome, accommodation occupied between application date and outcome.
How is this information then sent to the government?

Each quarter Local Authorities send electronic extracts containing all cases that have either applied during the quarter or moved through one of the above stages. This information, once received and validated means the database then has full information on:

  1. All applications received up to the end of the quarter.
  2. All assessments made up to the end of the quarter.
  3. All cases closed up to the end of the quarter.
The reference tables

To reflect this flow of information as cases progress and to produce tables which are as complete as possible we mainly publish quarterly or annual analyses as follows:

  • Applications and characteristics of applicant households are on the basis of the number of applications in the period analysed.
  • Assessments and reasons for priority assessment are on the basis of all cases assessed during the period analysed.
  • Housing outcomes and information on accommodation occupied during the application are on the basis of all cases closed during the period.
Changes to the HL1 over the years
Period of time form in use Key features of data collection
1992-93 to 2001-02 Data supplied on paper forms after the application was concluded. Limited set of data collected for each application. Pro-formas not completed for all applications.
2002-03 to 2006-07 Electronic data capture introduced. Wider range of information collected. Allowed recording of households and repeat analyses. Full coverage of all applications.
2007-08 to present Significant revisions to HL1. Greater detail on application circumstances and reasons for application. Support needs and prevention measures recorded.

Contact Details

We welcome your views on this web page and any further homelessness statistics can be provided on request:

Andrew Waugh: 0131 244 7232
Ian Morton: 0131 244 7235

Email: homelessnessstatisticsinbox@scotland.gsi.gov.uk

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