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The Chartered Institute of Housing is the independent voice for housing and the home of professional standards

CIH Scotland welcomes Scottish Government commitment to accept interim recommendations on rough sleeping


The Chartered Institute of Housing in Scotland has welcomed Housing Minister Kevin Stewart’s acceptance in principle of interim recommendations published by the Housing and Rough Sleeping Action Group.

Commenting on the announcement, CIH Scotland Deputy Director Callum Chomczuk said:

“Rough sleeping is a national disgrace and the extreme weather last week further highlights that it is simply unacceptable in Scotland today.

“CIH Scotland welcomes the announcement by the Scottish Government that it accepts, in principle, the interim recommendations from the Housing and Rough Sleeping Action Group. We have been particularly pleased to see the Group’s endorsement of a Housing First approach to rapid rehousing having recently published a report on the positive impact of Housing First across the UK. We also commend the priority given to agreeing plans which can prevent homelessness among those who are at highest risk of rough sleeping.”

Callum Chomczuk concluded:

“Given its crucial role in addressing some of the biggest issues facing the country such as child poverty and health inequalities, housing policy needs to be a consistent Government priority. That should include ending the blight of homelessness and rough sleeping and ensuring everyone in Scotland can access a stable and secure home.”



Notes to Editors

1. The Chartered Institute of Housing (CIH) is the independent voice for housing and the home of professional standards. Our goal is simple – to provide housing professionals with the advice, support and knowledge they need to be brilliant. CIH is a registered charity and not-for-profit organisation. This means that the money we make is put back into the organisation and funds the activities we carry out to support the housing sector. We have a diverse membership of people who work in both the public and private sectors, in 20 countries on five continents across the world. Further information is available at:

2. Full details of the interim recommendations of the Housing and Rough Sleeping Action Group are available at:

3. For further information, please contact: Alex Bruce at Orbit on or 0131 603 8996 / 07747 636504.

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