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Bed and Breakfast Accommodation: Young People

Volume 454: debated on Thursday 14 December 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many 16 and 17-year-olds were placed in bed and breakfast accommodation in 2005-06, broken down by local authority. (107377)

This information is not currently held centrally, as figures reported by local housing authorities about households in temporary accommodation (including bed and breakfast) do not distinguish the applicant's age. We plan to start collecting specific data next year, following consultation with local authorities, on the numbers of 16 and 17-year-olds placed in bed and breakfast accommodation.

In 2005-06, 8 per cent. of all households accepted as homeless were in priority need because the applicant was 16 or 17-years-old. This group makes up 23 per cent. of all acceptances where the household did not include dependent children and/or an expectant mother.

At the end of March 2006, a total of 5,150 households were in bed and breakfast accommodation. This is a 60 per cent. reduction since 2002. Just over 4,000 of these did not include dependent children and/or an expectant mother, and some of these may include 16 or 17-year-old applicants.