SNP MSP Michael Matheson has welcomed the latest national homelessness statistics, with figures showing an improved picture in Falkirk. The statistics were released in the Scottish Government publication ‘Homelessness in Scotland: 2015/16’, and showed a 4% fall nationwide in the number of applications under the Homeless Persons legislation and an 11%fall in the Falkirk district compared with 2014/15.

Encouraging progress was also made in ensuring people were able to make applications for homelessness before they slept rough. The number of applications where sleeping rough had happened at least once in the three months prior to that application being made has fallen by 7% across Scotland.
The SNP in government is working hard with local authorities across Scotland to help tackle homelessness, with the progress being made against a backdrop of Westminster austerity. These latest figures are evidence of the Scottish Government’s success in these efforts.

Michael Matheson, MSP for Falkirk West commented:

“These latest figures show that progress is being made in the Scottish Government’s efforts to support some of the most vulnerable people in our society.
“While the fall of 11% in Falkirk is very much welcome, it’s important that these efforts continue. I’m glad that the Scottish Government is committed to this.
“Ensuring that people are able to access help before resorting to rough sleeping is of vital importance. It is therefore also good to see that nationwide progress is being made in reducing rough sleeping.

“Given the impact of callous and damaging austerity policies on vulnerable people by the Tory Government at Westminster, the SNP Scottish Government’s ongoing efforts to support the vulnerable when they most need it are welcome and are helping to bring about a positive change in people’s lives.”