Impact of Covid-19 on Social Landlords

The Scottish Housing Regulator has continued to publish its monthly updates on the impact of Covid-19 on the work delivered by social landlords, which includes local authorities delivering statutory homelessness services. 

The data for September points us towards some good news, and also identifies some areas that still require improvement.  The data shows that the number of homelessness applications made to Scottish local authorities has gone down for the second consecutive month, with a 3% reduction between August and September.  And while there are 14,200 households in temporary accommodation, September saw the first small reduction since the beginning of the pandemic.

Further good news is the number of social housing lets increased by 17% in September.  But with only 38% of lets during the month going to homeless households, there is still a long way to go in hitting the 80-90% rate recommended by the Homelessness and Rough Sleeping Action Group to see progress in reducing the numbers of households in temporary accommodation across the country. 

You can find the full data for September here