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One in 30 young Scots homeless

May 24 2009
Three-quarters of the 30,000 children in families who have applied to be considered homeless are under 12 According to a new briefing from Citizens Advice, government figures show almost 20,000 young Scots aged between 16 and 24 were registered as homeless in 2006/07, or almost one in 30 young people. This figure excludes those who are sofa surfing or staying with friends. The CAS said that their advisers dealt with 22 new cases of homelessness per day - a 100 per cent increase since 2000. Other key findings suggest that there are around 30,000 children in families who have applied to be considered homeless - with three-quarters of them under the age of 12. Many families with three or more children are living in cramped temporary accommodation (e.g. bed and breakfast) for months - despite the fact that the maximum time is supposed to be two weeks. Worryingly, the charity also reported people with mental health problems, who are hospitalized for a period of treatment losing their tenancy - some have reported returning home to find the locks have been changed.
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