The Scottish Housing Regulator has welcomed the recommendations of the Homelessness and Rough Sleeping Action Group. The Group was asked to recommend actions and solutions to Scottish Government to eradicate rough sleeping and end homelessness.
Amongst its recommendations, the Group has proposed that the Scottish Housing Regulator should increase its focus on the Access to Housing Standard of the Scottish Social Housing Charter to assess how all landlords are performing in relation to enabling access for homeless households.
Michael Cameron, the Regulator’s Chief Executive, said: “We welcome the important work of the Group. Homelessness is a priority for us. It’s vital that local authorities and RSLs work together to provide homes quickly for people who need them and that people don’t need to spend too long in temporary accommodation.
“Access to housing is also an important equalities and human rights issue. We will consider the recommendations closely as part of our current review of how we regulate.”
The Regulator is engaging with 20 local authorities around their homelessness services. It recently published the outcome of its review of homelessness in Glasgow, which concluded people are waiting too long to be housed and spending too long in temporary accommodation in the city.
The Regulator’s recent research from its National Panel of Tenants and Service Users gave insight into the experiences of people who have used local authorities’ homelessness services.
1. The Scottish Housing Regulator was established on 1 April 2011 under the Housing (Scotland) Act 2010. Its objective is to safeguard and promote the interests of tenants and others who use local authority and RSL housing services. The Regulator operates independently of Scottish Ministers and is accountable directly to the Scottish Parliament. It assumed its full regulatory responsibilities on 1 April 2012. The Regulator consists of the Chair and seven Board members. More information about the Regulator can be found on its website at www.scottishhousingregulator.gov.uk
2. SHR regulates around 160 registered social landlords and the housing activities of 32 local authorities.
3. SHR sets out how it regulates social landlords in its published framework – Regulation of Social Housing in Scotland.
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