Children and homelessness

The number of dependent children in temporary accommodation is used here to identify children who are homeless.

There were 1,670 dependent children in temporary accommodation in Glasgow at the end of March 2010, equivalent to a rate per 1,000 population of 14.1, which is far higher than the rate of any other Scottish city or neighbouring authority to Glasgow.

The higher than average proportion of asylum seeking children given leave to remain in the UK partly explains why Glasgow’s figures are so much higher than others.

The charts and information in this section are derived from a Scottish Government statistical return on homelessness (HL2), which is completed by all local authorities on a quarterly basis. Dependent children refers to “all children of 15 or less; and all others of 18 or less who are unable to support themselves, either as they are receiving or about to begin full time education or training or for some other reason.”

The chart below shows the number of dependent children living in temporary accommodation in Glasgow and Scotland from 31st March 2008 to 31st March 2010. Glasgow’s share of the national total of children in temporary accommodation ranges from 36% in 2008 to 27% in 2010. This is disproportionate when compared to Glasgow’s 11% share of the (0 to 18 years) Scottish population over this period. Some of this differential can be explained by the significant number of asylum applicants given leave to remain in the UK* (see note below), but not all. If asylum applicant children given leave to remain are excluded from the figures, Glasgow’s share of the national total would be around 20% for each of these years – almost double the share of the population.Temporary Accommodation  as at 31st March  2008 to 2010 Glasgow and Scotland(click graph to expand)

The number of dependent children living in temporary accommodation reduced over the period, 31st March 2008 to 31st March 2010, in both Glasgow and Scotland, as illustrated by the above chart.

Notes:

Rates per 1,000 population are calculated using the GRO (Scotland) mid year estimates of population for children & young people aged 0-18 years, for the years 2007 to 2009.

Comparable figures are not available for English local authorities.

* From 31st March 2008, there was a significant increase in households of asylum applicants given indefinite leave to remain in the UK. Children from these households, who live in temporary accommodation, are included in the numbers shown here. As at 31st March 2008, 1,092 children lived within such households – more than two fifths of the Glasgow total of dependent children living in temporary households. At 31st March 2009, there were 501 children living in these households – just over a quarter of the Glasgow total, while at 31st March 2010, there were 481 children, representing more than a quarter of the Glasgow total of dependent children living in temporary accommodation.