New regulations bring into force provisions of the Housing (Scotland) Act 2010 including section 157 (vacant dwellings: use of information obtained for council tax purposes); and section 158 (housing support: persons found to be homeless or threatened with homelessness).
Department for Communities and Local Government publishes statistics which include sales under Right to Buy, Preserved Right to Buy, Right to Acquire, Social HomeBuy, other shared equity sales to tenants, and sales of existing stock to private sector.
Research published by International Longevity Centre shows that those in extra care housing are half as likely to move into institutional care as people living in the community recieving domiciliary care.
Research published by Joseph Rowntree Foundation highlights the extent to which homelessness amongst single adults is linked to other problems such as mental illness, alcohol dependency and experience of institutions.
Study predicts that the continuing economic downturn combined with the Coalition Government's radical reforms and weakening of the welfare state will leave many more people facing the threat or reality of homelessness.