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Youth Homelessness Oral Question, 4/02/15 [S]

During Portfolio Question Time on 4 February 2015 Siobhan McMahon (Lab) asked the Scottish Government what progress is being made on preventing youth homelessness.

The Minister for Housing and Welfare, Margaret Burgess replied, that preventing homelessness among young people is a priority for the Scottish Government, and the work is overseen by the homelessness prevention and strategy group. Homelessness applications to local authorities from 16 to 24-year-olds have fallen from around 15,000 a year between 2003-04 and 2010-11 to under 9,000 a year during 2013-14, which is primarily due to the person-centred housing options approach that is being taken forward by local authorities. The Scottish Government also provides funding for a range of third sector projects that are working to prevent homelessness among young people.

For the full answer to this and any subsidiary questions see the Scottish Parliament Official Report 4 February 2015 which is available from the Scottish Parliament website.

Further Information

Scottish Parliament Official Report 4 February 2015