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Volume 475: debated on Wednesday 7 May 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many homeless households, where the household type was a (a) couple with dependent children and (b) lone- parent household with dependent children, were in temporary accommodation in England in each year since 1997. (203054)

Information about local authorities’ actions under homelessness legislation is collected quarterly at local authority level on the PIE statistical return. 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.

Data on the number of households in temporary accommodation are provided in our quarterly statistical release on statutory homelessness, published on our website and placed in the House Library. The latest release was published on 10 March 2008.

Data on household type was first collected on the main PIE form from June 2006. Figures showing a breakdown by household type, including (a) couples with dependent children and (b) lone parent households with dependent children, are available for each quarter from June 2006 onwards and are provided in Table 10c, available on the website at:

A summary of data from the table is provided as follows. It shows the number of households in temporary accommodation, by household type, as at the last day of December in 2006 and 2007.

Number of households in temporary accommodation, by household type, as at 31 December

Total in temporary accommodation1

Couple with dependent children2

Lone parent household with dependent children

Percentage of total

Percentage of total













1 This should be a “snapshot” of the numbers in accommodation on the last day of the quarter, not the numbers taking up accommodation.

2 Includes expectant mothers with no other dependent children.

3 Provisional data.


Totals may not equal the sum of components because of rounding.


CLG PIE Homelessness returns (quarterly)