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Sofa-surfing and Homlessness Services Motion, 19/12/14 [S]

Motion lodged before the Scottish Parliament on 19 December 2014 by John Mason (SNP) on Sofa-surfing and Homelessness Services.  The full text of the motion reads:

That the Parliament notes the recent report by Homeless Action Scotland, which found that 20% of young people approaching homelessness services will have "sofa-surfed" (sleeping on people’s sofas) for an extended period of time beforehand; further notes that official figures only record sofa-surfing and rough sleeping if it is experienced for over six months; considers that some of those sofa-surfing are reluctant to disclose this to the authorities for fear of negative repercussions for their hosts; recognises the concerns of Homeless Action Scotland, which believes that long-term sofa-surfing can have a negative impact on the mental health and wellbeing of young people, and, while welcoming the fact that homelessness in Scotland is decreasing overall, believes that more must be done to combat this increasingly common form of homelessness.

For full details see the Scottish Parliament Business Bulletin 19 December 2014 which is available from the Scottish Parliament website.

Further Information

Scottish Parliament Business Bulletin 19 December 2014