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Children In Care

Volume 130: debated on Thursday 31 March 1988

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To ask the Secretary of State for Social Services what are the annual figures for the number of children received into care by reason of homelessness: if he will give this information for England as a whole and for each local authority area; what are the latest figures for the number of children in local authority care where the reason for their admission into care was homelessness; if he will give this information for England as a whole for each local authority area for the years ended 31 March 1985, 1986 and 1987 or the three most recent years; and if he will make a statement.

[holding answer 25 March 1988]: A child may be taken into care for a number of reasons of which homelessness may be a contributory factor, although not identified as a specific cause in the statistics.Information on children in care where the specific cause was that their family was homeless is given in the tables for 1984, 1985 and 1986 for each local authority in England.

Table 1 Children received into care of local authorities because family homeless (eviction or other cause) during the year ending 31 March, 1984, 1985 and 19862
Numbers
1984198521985
England244212204
Cleveland060
Cumbria035
Durham433
Northumberland600
Gateshead000
Newcastle upon Tyne8610
North Tyneside061
South Tyneside301
Sunderland001
Humberside1082
North Yorkshire1120
Barnsley303
Doncaster339
Rotherham110
Sheffield11111
Bradford18114
Calderdale102
Kirklees825
Leeds3146
Wakefield100
Cheshire502
Lancashire101114
Bolton210
Bury030
Manchester3119
Oldham000
Rochdale112
Salford408
Stockport602
Tameside1011
Trafford000
Wigan000
Knowsley400
Liverpool202
Sefton2112
St. Helens400
Wirral244
Hereford and Worcester020
Shropshire200
Staffordshire422
Warwickshire001
Birmingham934
Coventry521
Dudley010
Sandwell101

1984

1985

2

1986

Solihull102
Walsall337
Wolverhampton200
Derbyshire003
Leicestershire041
Lincolnshire3102
Northamptonshire103
Nottinghamshire752
Bedfordshire621
Berkshire135
Buckinghamshire002
Cambridgeshire400
Essex473
Hertfordshire201
Norfolk022
Oxfordshire604
Suffolk011
Camden003
Greenwich031
Hackney000
Hammersmith201
Islington

12

12

12

Kensington100
Lambeth000
Lewisham000
South wark112
Tower Hamlets

11

11

11

Wandsworth454
Westminster000
City of London000
Barking201
Barnet000
Bexley220
Brent022
Bromley011
Croydon712
Ealing020
Enfield020
Haringey200
Harrow000
Havering000
Hillingdon131
Hounslow100
Kingston upon Thames100
Merton010
Newham0813
Redbridge000
Richmond upon Thames000
Sutton303
Waltham Forest100
Dorset202
Hampshire2110
Isle of Wight100
Kent4

14

14

Surrey323
East Sussex131
West Sussex000
Wiltshire020
Avon804
Cornwall004
Devon30

10

Gloucestershire201
Somerset001

1 Estimated from information for previous years.

2 1986 figures are provisional.

Table 2

Children received into care of local authorities because family homeless (eviction or other cause) as at 31 March 1984, 1985 and 1986

2

Numbers

1984198519862
England713598513
Cleveland433

1984

1985

1986

2

Cumbria687
Durham121110
Northumberland431
Gateshead332
Newcastle upon Tyne11109
North Tyneside7109
South Tyneside855
Sunderland323
Humberside9109
North Yorkshire1053
Barnsley121212
Doncaster389
Rotherham222
Sheffield16

16

116

Bradford23194
Calderdale221
Kirklees987
Leeds378
Wakefield1298
Cheshire16149
Lancashire211918
Bolton210
Bury240
Manchester131512
Oldham000
Rochdale533
Salford8610
Stockport733
Tameside

10

00
Trafford310
Wigan655
Knowsley444
Liverpool2500
Sefton764
St. Helens553
Wirral564
Hereford and Worcester786
Shropshire1596
Staffordshire211312
Warwickshire888
Birmingham744
Coventry1175
Dudley665
Sandwell374
Solihull100
Walsall667
Wolverhampton422
Derbyshire232
Leicestershire432
Lincolnshire513
Northamptonshire966
Nottinghamshire12910
Bedfordshire15128
Berkshire14159
Buckinghamshire222
Cambridgeshire644
Essex15129
Hertfordshire121210
Norfolk221
Oxfordshire431
Suffolk866
Camden000
Greenwich021
Hackney553
Hammersmith753
Islington

10

10

10

Kensington875
Lambeth200
Lewisham11

11

Southwark213
Tower Hamlets

124

124

124

Wandsworth544
Westminster442
City of London000
Barking000
Barnet000
Bexley000

1984

1985

19862

Brent354
Bromley442
Croydon541
Ealing554
Enfield020
Haringey543
Harrow100
Havering000
Hillingdon011
Hounslow211
Kingston upon Thames000
Merton000
Newham0111
Redbridge000
Richmond upon Thames001
Sutton213
Waltham Forest000
Dorset13109
Hampshire403226
Isle of Wight100
Kent13

113

113

Surrey345
East Sussex946
West Sussex876
Wiltshire13125
Avon121110
Cornwall002
Devon2014

114

Gloucestershire533
Somerset422

1 Estimated from information for earlier years.

2 The 1986 figures are provisional.