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Volume 475: debated on Monday 12 May 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many households in England and Wales were classified as homeless in each of the last three years, broken down by region. (204383)

Information about English 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.

Data on the number of households in England accepted as being owed a main homelessness duty are also published in the Department’s quarterly statistical release on Statutory Homelessness, which also provides data on the number of accepted households in temporary accommodation at the end of each quarter. Table 3 of the release provides a breakdown of acceptances by Government Office region for each year from 1997 onwards. The 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 up to December 2007, and is available at:

The Department does not hold statistics for the devolved Administrations.