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Homeless Persons

Volume 977: debated on Thursday 31 January 1980

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asked the Secretary of State for the Environment how many individuals or households reported themselves as homeless in the city of Birmingham in 1979; and how many were found accommodation of a temporary nature under the Housing (Homeless Persons) Act.

Designated DistrictsAssistance provided under the Inner Urban Areas Act for which Urban Programme support has been approved
Position at 31 December 1979
Service IndustryManufacturing Industry
££££
PartnershipsLoansGrantsLoansGrants
Birmingham21,00081,500
London Docklands247,35057,864451,95099,887
Newcastle—Gateshead8,000117,50040,0006,300
Liverpool19,35082,47557,00021,090
Manchester—Salford136,00012,000144,100
Docklands (OuterArea)10,30059,5001,500
Hackney (Outer Area)2,40043,575
Programme Authority Areas
Wolverhampton60,000
Hull65,000201,000
Sheffield30,000
Nottingham4,44318,368
Wirral12,555
Sunderland18,000129,00032,000
North Tyneside11,055
South Tyneside120,000
Middlesbrough6,00097,000
Other Designated District Areas
Hartlepool12,00018,00040,0007,000
Rochdale29,500
Rotherham3001,200
Wandsworth30,9408,500
Haringey58,00011,50036,00053,470
Estimates of new employment created through the use of the Inner Urban Areas Act powers are not yet available, but this factor will be one of the items taken into consideration in the present review of the Act.

I refer the hon. Member to my reply on 28 January to the hon. Member for Hackney, North and Stoke Newington (Mr. Brown. [Vol. 977, c. 535–36.] Comparable figures for the city of Birmingham are about 3,300 households for whom the city has accepted responsibility; of whom about 800 were found their first accommodation in a hotel or hostel.