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Temporary Accommodation

Volume 229: debated on Friday 23 July 1993

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To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment how many households were in temporary accommodation for each year since 1978 (a) in total and (b) in the north-west region.

Information is reported quarterly to the Department—half-yearly before 1984—on homeless households for whom local authorities have accepted responsibility to secure permanent accommodation, under the homelessness provisions of the Housing (Homeless Persons) Act 1977 and part III of the Housing Act 1985.The available estimates of the number of such households in temporary accommodation in England and in the north west at 31 December, including some on whom inquiries had not yet been completed, are as follows:

EnglandNorth west
197813,7002
197912
198012
198112
19829,3402
19839,8402
198412,300540
198515,920790
198620,790900
198724,7601,750
198830,1001,840
198937,9001,650
199045,2701,920
199159,9302,210
199262,7402,200
1 Includes only those households in bed and breakfast accommodation and in hostels and women's refuges. Prior to 1982 information on homeless households in other forms of temporary accommodation was not collected by the Department.
2 Not available.