I haven't quoted the full article which includes commentary from shelter that GCC do need to be helped to provide more social housing so they are less reliant on b and bs etc.Scotland's largest city could see a rise in rough sleeping as funding is reduced for homeless bed and breakfast lodgings, a charity has warned.
Shelter said recent progress in Glasgow was at risk of being reversed as the health and social care partnership looks to make £4.9m in savings.
This includes "decommissioning" a hotel used to house homeless people.
Glasgow City Council said homelessness services face "unprecedented pressures".
It comes as figures released this week revealed 51 people have died in the city's homeless hotels since the pandemic.
A report delivered last week to the city's integration joint board - which administers homelessness services - said a £16m overspend is expected unless "decisive action" is taken.
It added that while the number of rough sleepers in the city was routinely reported as being in "single figures", Scottish government funding to provide temporary hotel accommodation ended in March this year.
Placements in hotels or B&B accommodation account for around 750 applications.
Meanwhile, the city faces a shortfall of 1,600 properties to provide temporary accommodation.
Plans are now underway to reduce the number of people being sent to hotels, including the Charles Rennie Mackintosh in the city's Union Street.
However, the report noted: "Despite all attempts to mitigate risk as detailed there remains a risk that Glasgow Homelessness Services will breach statutory duties to provide emergency accommodation.
"There is also an increased likelihood of rough sleeping and hardship for service users, reputational damage and potential judicial sanctions and additional costs.
"Whilst acknowledging the risk involved it is worth noting that these proposals are considered to be the least impactful when compared with the status quo, financial pressures and the increasing trajectory of demand."
But anyway, to me this is quite a dry and sanitised article about what is a really scary situation. The hotels that do exist often are dangerous and not fit for purpose (hence the deaths). The council will not be meeting its legal obligations to provide temporary accommodation to homeless people to an even greater extent that it is doing already and I really do think there is an increased risk that people will die as a result.
Glasgow is under fairly unique pressure as it has none of its own housing stock, accommodates a lot of refugees and has a lot of people moving there from other parts of the country. But honestly this situation is really unnerving. A lot of the problems with temporary accommodation are due to a bottleneck in the provision of permanent accommodation (which is nearly always social housing, unlike in England), and yet the budget to build social housing is being cut: https://www.scottishhousingnews.com/art ... -new-homes Ugh.