Council team in running for national award
The Council’s Housing Service is in the running to win a prestigious national award after dramatically reducing homelessness in West Dunbartonshire in recent years.
The team is a finalist in the "Best Housing and Regeneration
Initiative" category of the forthcoming Association for Public
Service Excellence (APSE), and was nominated for its Ending
Homelessness in West Dunbartonshire strategic initiative.
Ending Homelessness in West Dunbartonshire was
introduced to tackle the high levels of homelessness in the area.
In 2007/8, one in twenty West Dunbartonshire households presented
as homeless, which gave the area the highest homelessness rate in
The Council initiative has had a significant impact on
homelessness within West Dunbartonshire, with successes
- A 36% reduction in the number of households presenting as
- A 41% reduction in youth homelessness
- West Dunbartonshire becoming one of the first local authorities
to deliver on the Scottish Government Homelessness target -
two years ahead of schedule
- Increased levels of homelessness prevention
- Improved wider perceptions of homelessness
Councillor David McBride, West Dunbartonshire Council's Convener
for Housing, Environmental Services and Economic Development, said:
"The Ending Homelessness in West Dunbartonshire
initiative has had a remarkable effect on homelessness in the area,
and I am delighted that those involved have been given the
recognition they deserve. The APSE awards have attracted 360
entries from over 135 organisations across the UK, so being
shortlisted is a major achievement for the team. I am crossing my
fingers for a win next month."
The winners will be announced at the APSE Service Awards
Ceremony in Glasgow on 13th September.
Page last update:
07 August 2012