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Homelessness: Newcastle Upon Tyne

Volume 474: debated on Tuesday 1 April 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many households were accepted as eligible for assistance for homelessness in Newcastle upon Tyne in each quarter from 1 January 2006; and how many households were in temporary accommodation from 1 January 2006. (196109)

Information about English local housing authorities’ actions under the homelessness legislation (part 7 of the Housing Act 1996) is collected quarterly at local authority level.

Under the legislation, authorities have a duty to secure suitable accommodation for applicants accepted as eligible for assistance, unintentionally homeless and in priority need (or take steps to secure that accommodation does not cease to be available if the applicant is likely to become homeless within 28 days). These duties are referred to as “the main homelessness duties”, and applicants who are accepted as owed a main duty are referred to as “homeless acceptances”. Applicants who are eligible for assistance, but not owed a main duty (for example, because they are not in priority need), must be provided with advice and assistance in any attempts they make to secure accommodation for themselves; they are not recorded as “homeless acceptances”.

An authority must secure suitable accommodation for an accepted household. If a settled home is not immediately available, the authority may secure temporary accommodation until a settled home becomes available.

Information on the number of applicants eligible for assistance (including a breakdown of those who are, and are not, accepted as owed a main duty) is published in our quarterly Statistical Release on Statutory Homelessness, which also includes data on the number of households in temporary accommodation at the end of the quarter. The Supplementary Tables give figures for each local authority, including Newcastle-upon-Tyne, and are published on our website and placed in the Library each quarter. The latest release was published on 10 March 2008 and contains data for the period October to December 2007:

http://www.communities.gov.uk/documents/housing/xls/714968

Data for Newcastle-upon-Tyne, taken from the table for the period October to December 2007, are provided below, and give (1) the number of eligible households on which a decision was taken under the homelessness legislation (referred to as “decisions”) during the quarter, of which (2) the number that were accepted as owed a main duty (“acceptances”), and also (3) the number of households in temporary accommodation at the end of the quarter:

Decisions, acceptances and temporary accommodation- Newcastle-upon-Tyne, fourth quarter 2007

Number

(1) Number of eligible households on which a decision was taken under homelessness legislation (“decisions”), Q4 2007

205

(2) Number of households accepted as owed a main homelessness duty (“acceptances”), Q4 2007

126

(3) Number of households in temporary accommodation as at the end of the quarter (31 December 2007)

49

Source:

CLG Statutory Homelessness Statistical Release—Supplementary Table: Local authorities’ action under the homelessness provisions of the 1985 and 1996 Housing Acts: fourth quarter 2007

Supplementary tables for each quarter back to 2006 are also available on our website (from the following link) and in the Library.

http://www.communities.gov.uk/housing/housingresearch/housingstatistics/housingstatisticsby/homelessnessstatistics/publicationshomelessness/