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To ask the Scottish Government what analysis it has carried out of the impact on older people of intergenerational projects.


Current Status: Due in Chamber on 30/05/2019

To ask the Scottish Government what analysis the housing minister has undertaken of whether complaints against property factors and letting agents are being effectively resolved through the First-tier Tribunal for Scotland Housing and Property Chamber.


Current Status: Taken in the Chamber on 16/05/2019

To ask the Scottish Government when it will publish the revised code of conduct for property factors.


Answered by Kevin Stewart (16/05/2019):

Scottish Ministers have a duty under the Property Factors (Scotland) Act 2011 (the Act) to prepare, from time to time, a code of conduct setting out minimum standards of practice for registered property factors. The Code was introduced in October 2012 and is currently under review.

The Scottish Government has consulted on proposals to strengthen the Code and sought views on the impact the Act has had on improving the regulation of property factors. The findings of the consultation are published at: https://consult.gov.scot/housing-regeneration-and-welfare/code-of-conduct-for-registered-property-factors/ .

Work to finalise the revised Code will take place over the course of 2019 and will be informed by the consultation responses. Regulations setting out the revised Code and the date they will come into force will be laid in Parliament later this year.


Current Status: Answered by Kevin Stewart on 16/05/2019

To ask the Scottish Government how it assists older people to stay in their homes for as long as possible.


Current Status: Taken in the Chamber on 08/05/2019

To ask the Scottish Government what it is doing to tackle violent crime.


Current Status: Taken in the Chamber on 02/05/2019

To ask the Scottish Government what the main reasons were for those households assessed as intentionally homeless (a) making a homeless application and (b) failing to maintain accommodation in each of the last five years.

 


Answered by Kevin Stewart (01/05/2019):

The following table gives the reason for making a homelessness application for those assessed as intentionally homeless for each of the last five years.

Reason for application             

2013-2014 

2014-2015 

2015-2016 

2016-2017 

2017-2018

Termination of tenancy - mortgage
due to rent arrears - default on payments

475

470

485

440

525

Other action by landlord resulting
in the termination of the tenancy

280

255

245

220

220

Applicant terminated secure accommodation

240

235

165

155

160

Loss of service - tied accommodation

5

10

5

5

5

Discharge from prison - hospital - care -
other institution

40

55

55

35

35

Emergency (fire, flood, storm, closing order
from Environmental Health etc.)

5

5

5

0

0

Forced division and sale of matrimonial home

5

5

5

0

0

Other reason for loss of accommodation

95

100

110

125

125

Dispute within household: violent
or abusive

45

45

30

30

30

Dispute within household - relationship
breakdown: non-violent

85

105

70

55

65

Fleeing non-domestic violence

20

30

25

20

15

Harassment

25

25

20

20

20

Overcrowding

10

10

15

5

15

Asked to leave

260

270

240

190

180

Other reason for leaving accommodation -
household

215

175

160

135

135

Total

1805

1795

1630

1440

1530

Source: HL1 dataset as at 12-12-2018

The following table gives the reasons for failing to maintain accommodation for those assesses as intentionally homeless in each of the last five years. Note that applicants may provide multiple reasons for failing to maintain their accommodation.

 

Reason for failing to maintain
accommodation

2013-2014 

2014-2015 

2015-2016 

2016-2017 

2017-2018

All completing this question

1035

975

865

845

1030

Financial difficulties- debt- unemployment

490

445

450

420

575

Physical health reasons

40

55

60

75

95

Mental health reasons

115

120

145

180

265

Unmet need for support from housing-
social work- health services

45

45

45

45

55

Lack of support from friends- family

95

105

95

120

150

Difficulties managing on own

130

110

105

110

135

Drug- alcohol dependency

165

145

125

145

175

Criminal- anti-social behaviour

195

155

135

105

145

Not to do with applicant household (e.g.
landlord selling property, fire, circumstances
of other persons sharing previous property, harassment by others, etc)

275

270

195

165

220

Refused

15

35

30

15

10

Source: HL1 dataset as at 12-12-2018


Current Status: Answered by Kevin Stewart on 01/05/2019

To ask the Scottish Government whether it has considered mandatory awareness training regarding domestic abuse for (a) sheriffs presiding over domestic abuse cases and (b) family court sanctioned mediation services.


Answered by Humza Yousaf (02/04/2019):

The Judiciary and Courts (Scotland) Act 2008 provides that the Lord President, as Head of the Scottish Judiciary, has statutory responsibility for making and maintaining arrangements for the training and guidance of judicial office holders.

On 30 January 2019, the Judicial Institute announced that all judges and sheriffs in Scotland will receive specific training on domestic abuse ahead of the commencement of the Domestic Abuse (Scotland) Act 2019 on 1 April. Since 2014, induction for new Sheriffs has included training on family law and domestic abuse.

Section 1 of the Civil Evidence (Family Mediation) (Scotland) Act 1995 protects the confidentiality of the family mediation process where the mediation is conducted by a mediator accredited by an organisation approved by the Lord President. Decisions on what training must be in place for a mediation organisation to be approved under the 1995 Act are a matter for the Lord President.


Current Status: Answered by Humza Yousaf on 02/04/2019

To ask the Scottish Government under what circumstances it would introduce a universal basic income.


Current Status: Taken in the Chamber on 27/03/2019

To ask the Scottish Government whether it plans to consult on the use of referral fees for solicitors or estate agents during the conveyancing process.


Answered by Ash Denham (28/03/2019):

The Scottish Government has no plans to consult on the use of referral fees for solicitors or estate agents during the conveyancing process at this time.

The use of such referral fees for solicitors falls to the Law Society of Scotland as the regulator. The Society has Rules and Professional Standards for solicitors to comply with.

The regulation of Estate Agents is reserved under section C7 of Schedule 5 of the Scotland Act 1998. Estate Agents are principally regulated by the Estate Agents Act 1979 and the Consumer Protection from Unfair Trading Regulations 2008.

We are aware that the UK Government have consulted on such referral fees in their call for evidence on Improving the Home Buying and Selling process. The consultation UK Government response are available at https://www.gov.uk/government/consultations/improving-the-home-buying-and-selling-process-call-for-evidence .

Any outcomes from the UK Government consultation would apply to Estate Agents across the UK including Scotland.


Current Status: Answered by Ash Denham on 28/03/2019

To ask the Scottish Government how many civilian staff who were employed by regional police forces have since left employment with Police Scotland.


Answered by Humza Yousaf (26/03/2019):

The information requested is not held by Scottish Government. Police Scotland have recently started to publish the number of support staff working across each of the 13 local policing divisions and specialist functions as part of the Police Officer Numbers Quarterly Fact Sheets. http://www.scotland.police.uk/about-us/police-scotland/212598 .

The member may wish to write to Police Scotland directly to request further information.


Current Status: Answered by Humza Yousaf on 26/03/2019
 
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