City of Edinburgh Council – Temporary accommodation review

Anna Evans Housing Consultancy was appointed to review the efficiency and effectiveness of the Council’s temporary accommodation service. The overall aim of the study was to develop a self-financing model for temporary accommodation in the context of welfare reform. The work involved:

  • Demand assessment – demand projections, including the likely impact of Welfare Reform on demand. Review of policies and procedures to see how these affect demand.
  • Supply assessment – review of stock, and flows in and out of temporary accommodation, throughput from temporary accommodation to settled / permanent accommodation.
  • Financial model – review of all temporary accommodation budgets (General Fund and Housing Revenue Account) and development of temporary accommodation financial model in the context of Welfare Reform and the requirement to minimise financial risk on HRA and GF. The model was provided to CEC, with training on its use and application.