Tuesday, December 10, 2019
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Homelessness on the Isle of Skye has risen, according to a report to the Highland Council's Isle of Skye and Raasay Committee.

The report on Monday said homeless families were having to spend longer in temporary accommodation before being offered a home.

Skye councillor Calum MacLeod said tourism had brought opportunities but also challenges.

Private accommodation previously available on long-term leases is now being offered as holiday lets.

Council officers said on average the time spent in temporary housing had increased from about 20 weeks to more than 27 weeks since 2015/16.

The number of families categorised as homeless has more than doubled over the last 12 months from 15 in 2016 to 32.

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