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Chamber and committees

Question ref. S6W-03828
Asked by: Mark Griffin, Central Scotland, Scottish Labour
Date lodged: 18 October 2021 Registered interest

Question

To ask the Scottish Government whether it has stopped routinely collecting statistical information on notifications of repossession and eviction action under section 11 of the Homelessness etc. (Scotland) Act 2003, and, if so, (a) when it stopped collecting this information, (b) for what reason it stopped and (c) whether it has considered recommencing regular collection and publication of these notifications.

Current status: Answered by Shona Robison on 5 November 2021


Answer

The Scottish Government has stopped collecting statistical information on section 11 notifications.

The decision to cease the collection of this information was implemented in 2013, in agreement with the Homelessness Statistics User Group . The last national statistics publication which held data on Section 11 notifications was “Operation of the Homeless Persons legislation in Scotland: 2012-13” which can be found in our archived web page here .

Collection of this information was ceased due to data quality concerns. These included issues such as double reporting and inconsistencies in how information was reported across local authorities and amongst lenders.

The on-going homelessness data review is considering the strength of demand for, and feasibility of collecting, data related to homelessness and homelessness prevention. Data related to section 11 notifications will be considered as part of this review.