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A Life in Limbo

Through our A Life In Limbo campaign, Crisis supporters are calling on the Scottish Government to amend The Homeless Persons (Unsuitable Accommodation) (Scotland) Order 2014 to ensure all people experiencing homelessness aren’t stuck living in unsuitable hostels, B&Bs or lodging houses for more than seven days.

Everyone should have a safe, secure, warm and stable place to call home. But, a sudden shock like losing a job, becoming ill, or leaving an abusive relationship can quickly force people into homelessness.   

When this happens; many people in Scotland face months on end, living in limbo in unsuitable temporary accommodation such as B&Bs.  

Our latest research shows that long stays in this type of accommodation, with nowhere to wash clothes or cook, and restrictions such as strict nightly curfews, damages people’s mental health and job prospects.  

But it doesn’t have to be like this, change is possible.  

In November, thanks to the continued efforts of Crisis campaigners, the Scottish Government and CoSLA introduced a commitment, in their high level action plan on homelessness, to time-limit the use of unsuitable temporary accommodation and change the law so that no one has to stay in emergency B&Bs, hostels or hotels for more than seven days!  

This is an important commitment and part of suite of bold and ambitious goals by the Scottish Government to end homelessness in all its forms 

Whist this commitment is significant, we will continue to campaign to make sure that this legal change is implemented and the wider commitments in the action plan deliver the right policies and services for people experiencing or at risk of experiencing homelessness – and we’ll need your help 

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As the publication of the Scottish Government’s new Action Plan for Ending Homelessness Together...


The Scottish Government must act quickly to move homeless people on from unsuitable temporary accommodation (UTA) as new research shows the detrimental impact it can have on lives.