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Homelessness

Volume 461: debated on Friday 15 June 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what estimate she has made of the number of homeless people, broken down by constituency. (142325)

Information about local authorities’ actions under homelessness legislation is collected quarterly at local authority level, in respect of households rather than people.

Information reported each quarter by local authorities about their activities under homelessness legislation includes the number of households accepted by local authorities as eligible for assistance, unintentionally homeless and in priority need, and therefore owed a main homelessness duty. The duty owed to an accepted household 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.

The data are published in our quarterly statistical release on statutory homelessness, which includes a supplementary table showing the breakdown of key data, including acceptances and temporary accommodation, by each local authority. This is published on our website and placed in the Library each quarter. The latest release was published on 11 June 2007 and contains data for the period January to March 2007:

http://www.communities.gov.uk/index.asp?id=1002882&PressNoticeID=2438

Since 1998, information has also been collected on the number of people who sleep rough—that is, those who are literally roofless on a single night—and these are also published on our website, by local authority.

Summary tables showing the total number of households (a) accepted under homelessness provisions and (b) in temporary accommodation, from 1997-98 to 2006-07, and (c) rough sleeper estimates from 1998 onwards, for each local authority are provided with this answer and have been placed in the Library.

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (1) what proportion of all lettings in (a) each London local authority and (b) across all local authorities were let to homeless households in each of the last five years; (142425)

(2) what proportion of all registered social landlord lettings, excluding sheltered and supported housing, were let to homeless households in (a) each London local authority and (b) in England in each of the last five years.

The main sources of data on total lettings and lettings to homeless households are:

1. COntinuous REcording (CORE) data on general needs lets by Registered Social Landlords (RSLs)

2. Annual Housing Strategy Statistical Appendix (HSSA) data collected by local authorities

The proportions of all RSL lettings (excluding sheltered and supported housing) to statutorily homeless households in each London borough for the past five years are provided in the following tables.

A household is found to be statutorily homeless by a local authority if it is eligible for assistance, unintentionally homeless (or threatened with homelessness) and in priority need. The main duty owed to households accepted as being statutory homeless is to secure suitable accommodation.

(i) Proportion of all registered social landlords lettings (excluding supported and sheltered housing) let to statutorily homeless households by London borough

Percentage

2001-02

2002-03

2003-04

2004-05

2005-06

Barking and Dagenham

3

4

3

5

2

Barnet

19

21

16

14

12

Bexley

27

25

22

23

17

Brent

24

33

30

29

24

Bromley

34

43

38

44

47

Camden

12

10

16

14

15

City of London

8

11

0

0

0

Croydon

22

28

28

27

36

Ealing

22

27

16

18

17

Enfield

20

31

17

19

22

Greenwich

9

7

7

7

8

Hackney

19

20

17

24

26

Hammersmith and Fulham

22

23

24

25

19

Haringey

35

32

30

17

20

Harrow

39

26

28

12

26

Havering

7

4

5

17

2

Hillingdon

39

34

21

25

34

Hounslow

24

27

26

30

23

Islington

21

23

23

10

13

Kensington and Chelsea

28

26

33

24

18

Kingston upon Thames

25

38

21

31

32

Lambeth

31

23

30

21

20

Lewisham

17

19

14

19

26

Merton

13

15

14

26

31

Newham

14

18

12

10

11

Redbridge

17

14

20

10

8

Richmond upon Thames

32

35

38

47

50

Southwark

25

18

20

15

14

Sutton

16

20

8

13

21

Tower Hamlets

19

17

18

23

23

Waltham Forest

28

25

22

16

15

Wandsworth

14

19

17

21

22

Westminster

26

22

27

18

24

London average

23

24

22

22

23

England

12

13

14

15

17

Source:

RSL CORE data

The proportions of all local authority lettings to statutorily homeless households in each London borough for the past five years are provided in the following table. These figures include sheltered and supported housing.

(i) Proportion of all local authority lettings (not excluding sheltered housing) let to statutorily homeless households: By London borough 2005-06

Percentage

2002

2003

2004

2005

2006

Barking and Dagenham

0

4

21

32

4

Barnet

42

36

33

26

21

Bexley

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

Brent

63

52

46

41

53

Bromley

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

Camden

33

46

35

36

36

City of London

2

12

5

9

7

Croydon

16

7

15

16

12

Ealing

45

47

52

36

42

Enfield

46

46

44

38

38

Greenwich

35

33

37

34

30

Hackney

36

44

46

44

40

Hammersmith and Fulham

37

37

35

32

23

Haringey

34

32

37

40

44

Harrow

36

34

35

31

28

Havering

10

0

0

26

8

Hillingdon

24

43

39

29

24

Hounslow

43

33

46

54

41

Islington

49

51

53

45

34

Kensington and Chelsea

25

34

30

37

41

Kingston upon Thames

51

51

47

45

39

Lambeth

38

46

56

58

66

Lewisham

30

35

37

42

21

Merton

19

20

24

29

27

Newham

33

20

13

12

16

Redbridge

29

35

27

17

18

Richmond upon Thames

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

Southwark

59

54

49

46

36

Sutton

37

26

8

15

20

Tower Hamlets

27

27

32

25

57

Waltham Forest

58

56

41

33

38

Wandsworth

33

37

35

34

37

Westminster

53

44

53

47

47

London average

35

35

36

35

32

England

16

19

23

24

22

Source:

HSSA