Housing

– Scottish Parliament written question – answered on 9th August 1999.

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Photo of Mike Watson Mike Watson Labour

Question S1W-804

To ask the Scottish Executive what progress has been made in establishing the Task Force to review homelessness in Scotland which was announced on 17 June.

Photo of Jackie Baillie Jackie Baillie Labour

I am very pleased to be able to announce that the first meeting of the Task Force will take place on 25 August. Its remit will be:

"To review the causes and nature of homelessness in Scotland; to examine current practice in dealing with cases of homelessness; and to make recommendations on how homelessness in Scotland can best be prevented and, where it does occur, tackled effectively."

As Chair of the Task Force I look forward to working with the following people, all of whom have agreed to serve on the Task Force:

Councillor Rita Miller, Convener of Community Services, South Ayrshire Council

Mr Mark Turley, Director of Housing Edinburgh City Council

Councillor Robert Aldridge, Director, Scottish Council for Single Homeless

Ms Liz Nicolson, Director, Shelter Scotland

Ms Margaret Taylor, Director, Glasgow Council for Single Homeless

Mr Mel Young, Director, The Big Issue in Scotland

Mr David Orr, Director, Scottish Federation of Housing Associations

Ms Pat Bagot, Policy and Practice Manager, Scottish Homes

Ms Suzanne Fitzpatrick, Department of Urban Studies, Glasgow University

Mr David Belfall, Head of Group, Development Department, Scottish Executive

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