I have a Google alert for reports on Scotland. Today the above story in the Denbigh Free Press and the Evening Standard were in 2nd and 3rd place. BBC Scotland seems strangely disinterested. The Herald does have a wee piece on it but don’t seem to see it as headline worthy.
The Denbigh Free Press report:
The proportion of people suffering from the worst forms of homelessness in Scotland is about half as high as in England, campaigners have claimed.
Almost one in 100 households in England (0.94%) were experiencing what the charity Crisis called “forms of core homelessness” – such as sleeping on the streets, sofa surfing, or staying in either unsuitable temporary accommodation like B&Bs or living in garages or industrial premises
That rate compares to 0.66% of households in Wales and 0.57% in Scotland, Crisis said.
The charity put this down in part to Scottish ministers having the “right political will” to tackle the problem.
And the Crisis chief executive, Jon Sparkes, said if plans north of the border to strengthen the law in terms of preventing homelessness were implemented, then Scotland could become a “world leader”.
His comments came after research for Crisis found that since 2012 England has had consistently higher rates of “core homelessness” than both Scotland and Wales – with rates growing faster in England over that time.
Scotland, meanwhile, became the first part of the UK to publish a plan to end homelessness, with the Scottish Government and local authority organisation Cosla joining forces on this.https://www.denbighshirefreepress.co.uk/news/national/19611471.homeless-rate-scotland-half-england-says-crisis/
Isn’t this brilliant news? Shout it from the rooftops etc?
BBC Scotland’s preferred approach in 2020:
Homelessness faced by 30,000 Scottish households
No context of course and the kind of partisan quote they prefer:
Shelter Scotland has called on the Scottish government to uphold its promises to homeless people.
Assistant director Gordon MacRae said: “These figures show that Scotland’s homelessness system was failing people even before the pandemic hit.
“We had rising homelessness and record numbers of people in temporary accommodation before the lockdown. Local authorities were already struggling to cope with the level of housing need.https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-scotland-politics-53930937
Did Shelter know anything then that Crisis seem to know now? Is that 30 000, core?