The latest quarterly statistics on homelessness showed that on 31 December there were 10,467 individuals and families who were homeless and living somewhere on a temporary basis, a rise of 2 per cent on December 2014. Over the same period, the number of children in this situation increased by 543 to 4,876 – a rise of 13 per cent.
Housing campaigners and opposition politicians condemned the rise in homeless youngsters living in temporary accommodation – which can include council homes, hostels and B&Bs.
Graeme Brown, director of housing charity Shelter Scotland, said: “This is the third annual rise in the number of homeless children in Scotland. A 13 per cent rise is simply unacceptable.”
Mr Brown argued there needs to be a new national homelessness strategy for Scotland.
An SNP spokesman said: “We do not want families to be in temporary accommodation for any longer than they need to be and have taken this issue up directly with local authorities.”