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Edinburgh admits backlog

May 12th 2014

Council chiefs in Scotland’s capital city are struggling to deal with a six-week backlog in processing homeless applications, it has emerged.

The delay came to light when a mother who had suffered domestic abuse and had been left homeless since February grew frustrated and called the Edinburgh Evening News.

She had been told that the backlog meant the council would be unable to process her case for a further month or provide her with the identity number – known as a EdIndex -– which would mean she was able to apply for council or housing association properties.

But within hours of the Evening News contacting the council about her case, she was sent a number and can now try for a house.

A council spokesman said there had been an ‘exceptionally high demand’ for housing in Scotland’s capital and that extra resources would now be allocated to the housing team to help them deal with the backlog.


May 2014



Charities paid for results

Westminster reaches out

Round One victory for Christian Kitchen

Benefits Street strikes again

Families face homelessness

Edinburgh admits backlog

Work training for 'vulnerable'

NYC's bridge people evicted

Feed the homeless, face a fine

Bringing it back home

First person: Gemskii on mental health



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