The amount of people in Renfrewshire registering themselves as homeless has dropped by almost a quarter, say the Scottish Government.

Only 217 people had their status changed to homeless in the first quarter of this year, compared to the last quarter in 2013.

The number officially registered as homeless was 172, rising from 161 in the three months before.

Derek Mackay MSP, for Renfrewshire North and West, said: “I am particularly pleased to see a big drop in homeless applications in Renfrewshire.

“The Scottish Government is committed to supporting people of all ages who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless.

“We have worked hard with local authorities to develop services that help prevent homelessness before it occurs and the figures released show that we are all continuing to make progress.

“We will continue to work with our partners to prevent homelessness and improve outcomes for households experiencing difficulties.”