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Homelessness: Leicestershire

Volume 474: debated on Thursday 3 April 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many people in (a) Charnwood and (b) Loughborough were (i) homeless, (ii) rough sleeping and (iii) in temporary accommodation in each of the last 10 years. (198085)

Information about local authorities’ actions under homelessness legislation is collected quarterly at local authority level. This information 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.

A table summarising homelessness figures for each local authority for the past 10 years, including the total number of households accepted as owed the main homelessness duty, the total number of households in temporary accommodation and the mid-year estimates of the number of rough sleepers, is available in the Library of the House.

The local authority of Charnwood includes the city of Loughborough. An extract from the table is provided as follows and provides data for Charnwood for the past 10 years.

Table A: Number of households accepted1 as owed a main homelessness duty during the year, 1997-98 to 2006-07

1997-98

1998-99

1999-2000

2000-01

2001-02

2002-03

2003-04

2004-05

2005-06

2006-07

Charnwood

97

148

126

144

174

318

255

187

174

166

1 Households eligible under homelessness legislation, found to be unintentionally homeless and in a priority need category, and consequently owed a main homelessness duty.

Table B: Number of households in temporary accommodation1, March 1998 to March 2007

1997-98

1998-99

1999-2000

2000-01

2001-02

2002-03

2003-04

2004-05

2005-06

2006-07

Charnwood

15

14

16

30

37

55

66

63

79

87

1 Households who have been accepted as owed the main homelessness duty, those for which inquiries into whether they are owed the duty are pending, and those who were found to be intentionally homeless but are being accommodated for a reasonable period by the LA. It excludes households designated as ‘homeless at home’, that have remained in their existing accommodation and have the same rights to suitable accommodation as those in temporary accommodation arranged by the authority.

Table C: Number of rough sleepers (persons), 1998 to 2007, mid-year estimates1

1998

1999

2000

2001

2002

2003

2004

2005

2006

2007

Charnwood

0

0

6

6

0

0

0

0

0

0

1 Estimates based on a combination of recent street counts in those areas where there is a known or suspected rough sleeping problem and of estimates made by local authorities, as reported on their HSSA returns to CLG in June of each year.

Data are published in our quarterly statistical release on Statutory Homelessness, which includes a supplementary table showing the breakdown of key data, including temporary accommodation for each local authority. The supplementary tables 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 at:

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

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, nationally and by local authority at:

http://www.communities.gov.uk/housing/homelessness/publicationsabouthomelessness/roughsleepingstatistics/