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Homeless Persons

Volume 972: debated on Monday 29 October 1979

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asked the Secretary of State for Social Services (1) how many homeless single persons using the reception and resettlement centres administered by the Supplementary Benefits Commission in the last year and falling within section 2 of the Housing (Homeless Persons) Act, were found permanent homes:(2) how many persons in the last year for which figures are available left reception and resettlement centres for (

a) local authority accommodation, ( b) housing association accommodation and ( c) part III accommodation.

It is not possible to say how many persons who used the Supplementary Benefits Commission's reception centres, including resettlement units, in the last year were found permanent homes; many left without stating their destination. But it is known that of those who left in the 12 months ended 31 July 1979, 42 went into local authority accommodation, 15 into housing association accommodation and 82 into part III accommodation.

asked the Secretary of State for Social Services what administrative arrangements exist between the Supplementary Benefits Commission and other organisations so as to enable the homeless single persons who fall within section 2 of the Housing (Homeless Persons) Act to find permanent accommodation.

The SBC has no responsibility for finding permanent accommodation for anyone, but in reception centres—including resettlement units—temporary accommodation is provided for people "without a settled way of living". And, while in reception centres and local offices we try to be as helpful as possible to homeless single persons who seek our help, we do not undertake to find permanent accommodation for anyone.