GLASGOW does not get enough money from the Scottish Government to meet its targets for tackling rough sleeping, according to a council report.

The city needs around three times as much cash as it got last year and is to ask the Scottish Government to increase its allocation.

The city council bid for £18m over five years to deliver its rapid rehousing plan known as Housing First.

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Last year the council asked for £3.6m but only received £1.3m from the Scottish Government and had to supplement the cash with money from reserves to deliver the service.

This year it said it need more because Glasgow has a bigger problem and more people with the complex needs Housing First is designed to help.

A report to the council’s administration committee states: “The funding available for our RRTP is significantly less than what we bid for to enable us to meet all of the targets set out in our plan.

“It has been confirmed that the year 2 funding will also be formula based and not allocated per the plans submitted.”

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The report shows that Glasgow helped 70 people into tenancies through Housing First in the last year and 64 of those are still in their homes.

Mhairi Hunter, Glasgow City Council, convenor of health and social care said: “ We want to open a conversation with the Scottish Government and Cosla on people with multiple and complex needs.

“It is unarguable that Glasgow has high numbers of people into that category. There is also more people coming to Glasgow form other local authorities in that situation.”

Ms Hunter said Glasgow has issues with its own homelessness services and admitted it “got into a bit of a mess” and said the council will deal with that.

But on Housing First she said it needs the Scottish Government to help with more funding in order to meet the demand and help more people.”

She said: “There’s a big issue in Glasgow with homeless services and that’s for us to fix.”

Ms Hunter acknowledged there will be competition for funds but said “we have a problem not faced by any other city.”

Year two funding will not be confirmed until Scottish Finance Secretary Derek Mackay reveals his budget later this year, which has been delayed because of the election

A Scottish Government spokeswoman said: “We are committed to ending rough sleeping and homelessness and have allocated £32.5 million over three years for rapid rehousing and Housing First so that local authorities and partners can support people at risk of sleeping rough and those living in temporary accommodation into settled accommodation first; and then help with any longer-term needs.

“This funding is in addition to the budget available to local authorities to support homeless. We continue to work with councils on our shared goal of ending homelessness and supporting people in local communities across Scotland.”