‘Weaknesses’ in Midlothian housing service

SIGNIFICANT weaknesses in Midlothian Council’s housing service have been identified in a new report.

The Scottish Housing Regulator has highlighted the local authority’s lack of progress in tackling a series of housing management and homelessness issues.

In terms of housing management, the council is cancelling and bypassing large numbers of housing applications and giving insufficient priority to housing need with regard to transfer-led allocations and use of local letting initiatives. Deficiencies have also been identified in management of empty houses.

On homelessness, the Regulator states that the council uses poor quality bed-and-breakfast accommodation and does not carry out risk assessments before placing people in this accommodation.

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