– Scottish Parliament written question – answered on 16th September 2010.

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Photo of Margaret Curran Margaret Curran Labour

Question S3W-36146

To ask the Scottish Executive whether it has taken measures to address homelessness in Scotland since the announcement of the UK Budget in June 2010 or is planning to do so.

Photo of Alex Neil Alex Neil Scottish National Party

The joint Scottish Government/COSLA 2012 steering group met in June and September 2010. The meeting in September 2010 discussed measures to assist local authorities in maintaining progress towards the 2012 homelessness target and the potential implications of housing benefit changes proposed in the UK budget for those experiencing homelessness.

Additionally, a prevention of homelessness event was held for local authorities in June 2010 to explore the benefits of a housing options approach, with practice highlighted from Scotland and England. At this event, I announced funding for local authorities to work together in taking forward this approach. A series of regional seminars have been held during August and September 2010 to develop action plans in this regard.

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