The number of open homelessness cases in Scotland is at the highest level on record, figures show.

Government statistics released on Tuesday reveal 30,724 live applications were recorded on September 30 of last year, an increase from the previous high of 30,129 in June 2023.

Compared with the same period the previous year, the number of unresolved applications had increased by 10%.

On September 30, 9,860 children were in temporary accommodation in Scotland – a slight decrease from June 30 but an 8% increase compared to the same time the previous year.

The number of people who applied for homelessness assistance between April and September last year having slept rough the night before was also the highest since at least 2020, at 888 – an increase of 23% from the same period the previous year.

Applications from people who reported having slept rough in the last three months was 1,408 – a 20% increase from the previous year.

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