The Scottish Government has today committed to invest £10 million a year over five years to tackle homelessness north of the border, with a specific focus on prevention and tackling the root causes of homelessness.
Speaking in Edinburgh, First Minister Nicola Sturgeon announced the £50million fund, and confirmed that the government is to set up a Homelessness and Rough Sleeping Action Group tasked with eradicating of rough sleeping.
Ms Sturgeon told the Scottish parliament: “Scotland has a good record on housing – we are building social housing at a faster rate than any other part of the UK and we have protected social housing by removing the right to buy.
We must eradicate rough sleeping.
“However, as Westminster austerity and welfare cuts take their toll, we are seeing worrying signs of an increase in homelessness and rough sleeping. We are not prepared to tolerate that.
“Let me restate today a conviction that I hope will unite all of us. It is not acceptable for anyone to have to sleep rough on our streets. We must eradicate rough sleeping.
We will invest to help tackle some of the underlying problems which so often drive homelessness
“However, in setting that national objective, we also must recognise that it requires more than just housing. Every individual has unique needs and challenges. We will therefore establish a short life expert group to make urgent recommendations on the actions, services and legislative changes required to end rough sleeping and transform the use of temporary accommodation.