In February, Councillor Jane Meagher chaired the first meeting of a new Homelessness Task Force appointed by the City of Edinburgh Council’s Housing, Homelessness and Fair Work Committee – see the committee report here. The remit of the group is to build on existing prevention work, reduce the number of people rough sleeping, accessing temporary accommodation and living in insecure accommodation.
To increase the supply of quality council led temporary accommodation provision, reducing the reliance on bed and breakfast. And to ensure that appropriate support is available for all people who require it. A very informative presentation was delivered outlining the current context of Edinburgh’s affordable housing programme, an increasing population and the local housing pressures. A copy of the slides are available here.