Charities are calling on ministers to “uphold their promises” to homeless people, to end homelessness after new statistics revealed the scale of the housing emergency at the outset of the coronavirus crisis.

New official government figures show that 31,333 Scottish households were assessed as homeless in the year from 1 April 2019, up 1,097 (4%) on the previous year.

As of 31 March 2020, there were 11,665 households in temporary accommodation, up 6% y-on-y and the highest number on record. This includes 7,280 children, up 7% to the highest number on record.

These figures don’t capture the impact of the coronavirus pandemic and lockdown measures.

The chief executive of Crisis describes it as vital that the Scottish Government continues to build on the progress made throughout the pandemic, so that no one is left without somewhere safe and secure to call home.

The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on homelessness saw the ‘overnight’ success in lifting people out of rough sleeping, a ban on evictions and urgent measures by charities, councils and government to plan ahead for this winter.

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