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Homelessness

Volume 461: debated on Monday 4 June 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many people were classified as falling into the category used in the Answer of 13 December 2002, Official Report, column 702W, homeless households accepted as eligible, unintentionally homeless and in priority need by local authorities in each of the last five years. (136740)

Information about local authorities’ actions under homelessness legislation is collected in respect of households rather than persons. The number of households accepted by local authorities as eligible for assistance, unintentionally homeless and in priority need, and therefore owed the main homelessness duty, is published in our quarterly Statistical Release on Statutory Homelessness, which is placed in the Library each quarter, and is also available on our website:

http://www.communities.gov.uk/index.asp?id=1002882&PressNoticeID=2369

The number of homeless acceptances for the last five years can be found in Table 1 (note that the acceptance figures provided in the Answer of 13 December 2002 have since been revised).

The duty owed to a household accepted as eligible for assistance, unintentionally homeless and in priority need is to secure suitable accommodation. If a settled home is not immediately available, the authority may secure temporary accommodation until a settled home becomes available.