‘More to do’ on homeless issues in Midlothian

A LEADING homelessness charity says Midlothian Council has more to do to prepare for historic housing reforms taking effect next year.

Shelter Scotland said the local authority had made some progress to meet new legislation to give every homeless person the right to a home from 2012.

Midlothian Council said it was confident of meeting the deadline, but called on the Scottish Government to provide more funds to build council housing.

The latest Scottish Government homelessness statistics have revealed Midlothian has some way to go to prepare for the reforms, which take effect on December 31, 2012.

Figures for the number of homeless people assessed as priority by the council are at 88 per cent. Shelter Scotland believes the council must do more if it is to be fully prepared for the reforms, including assessing more people as priority need and allocating permanent housing.

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