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Dumfries and Galloway homelessness levels higher than before coronavirus pandemic

The level of homelessness in Dumfries and Galloway is higher than it was before the pandemic.

New government figures show nearly 500 households were deemed to be homeless or at risk of homelessness between April and September last year – up more than a quarter on 2021.

And it’s also higher than the same period in 2019, when the figure was 354.

The data also shows there were 660 homelessness applications to the council over the same period, with the increase the second highest in Scotland.

South Scotland Labour MSP Colin Smyth said: “Too many people in our area are in crisis and local services are struggling to support them. Even one household without somewhere to live is one too many.

“The second largest rise in homelessness applications in Scotland was seen in Dumfries and Galloway, which is also a concern.

“More and more Scots are facing homelessness – this is a national emergency. The SNP-Green government have ignored one warning after another about this looming disaster, and now we are seeing the consequences.”

The Scottish Government figures, released this week, show that between April and September, 15,414 families were deemed to be homeless or at risk of homelessness, up from 14,586 the year before.

The Dumfries and Galloway sum for the period in 2022 was 488 households – a 28 per cent increase on the previous year’s figure of 382.

The data also shows there were 19,066 homelessness applications across Scotland over the period in 2022 – up from 17,992 in 2021.

In Dumfries and Galloway, the figure jumped up from 467 to 660 – an increase of 41 per cent.

This was the highest percentage increase across Scotland’s 32 local authorities and the second largest numerical increase behind Edinburgh. However,

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