Malcolm supports the interests of children facing homelessness
Question on Children facing Homelessness Malcolm Chisholm (Edinburgh North and Leith) (Lab):
To ask the Scottish Executive when it will publish the final version of the Draft Guidance for meeting the best interests of children facing homelessness, published on 20 March 2009.


Alex Neil:
The final version of the Draft Guidance will be published by the end of June. This follows a consultation period which ended in June last year and the release of the National Statistics which shows the impact of the draft guidance. It should be noted that the recent release (23 March 2010) shows that local authorities are following the principles of the draft guidance in that, at 31 December 2009, there has been a reduction in households with children in temporary accommodation compared to the same date in 2008. There has also been a marked decrease in breaches of the 2004 Unsuitable Accommodation Order with there being 11 breaches on 31 December 2009, compared with 58 for the same quarter in 2008.
March 24th 2010