Landlords battle to make ends meet
Nearly 80 per cent of Scottish local authorities are unable to provide sufficient homelessness services with Supporting People funding, a survey has found.
A poll of 19 local authorities conducted by Shelter Scotland found that 79 per cent were already unable to meet demand for their services, even before the effect of budget cuts had been felt.
A further 89 per cent thought that the changes to the distribution formula introduced after the last spending review (Inside Housing, 8 October) would have a negative impact on service provision.
All of the authorities surveyed said the budget cuts and new allocations process did not take into account the need to additional housing support under the Homelessness etc (Scotland) Act 2003, and 84 per cent said the changes would hold them back from fulfilling these new duties.
Grainia Long, policy officer at Shelter Scotland, said: 'These are people who have responded to the survey just as the changes were kicking in so we wouldn't have seen the major impact and already local authority staff are saying they are unable to meet levels of need,'.