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Homelessness

Volume 477: debated on Friday 20 June 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many people have been registered as homeless in (a) Jarrow constituency, (b) South Tyneside, (c) the North East and (d) England in each year since 1997. (210970)

Information about English local authorities’ actions under the homelessness legislation is collected quarterly at local authority level. Constituency level information is not held centrally. The parliamentary constituency of Jarrow falls into two local authorities: South Tyneside and Gateshead.

Information collected includes the number of households accepted by local housing authorities as eligible for assistance, unintentionally homeless and in priority need, and therefore owed a main homelessness duty (to secure that suitable accommodation is available). If a settled home is not immediately available, the authority must secure temporary accommodation until a settled home becomes available.

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.

Summary tables showing the total number of households (a) accepted as owed a main homelessness duty and (b) in temporary accommodation, from 1997-98 to 2007-08, (c) rough sleeper estimates from 1998 to 2007, for each local authority, including South Tyneside and Gateshead, and (d) rough sleeper estimates by Government Office region are provided with this answer and have been placed in the Library.

Extracts from the table, showing data for South Tyneside and Gateshead, are provided as shown.

National and regional data on acceptances and temporary accommodation is published in our quarterly statistical release on Statutory Homelessness. This is published on our website and placed in the Library each quarter. The latest release was published on 12 June 2008, and provides national and regional acceptance figures in table 3, and temporary accommodation figures in table 7, both back to 1997:

http://www.communities.gov.uk/documents/housing/xls/840324.xls

Rough sleeping figures are also published on our website, back to 1997:

http://www.communities.gov.uk/documents/housing/xls/152200.xls

Table A: Number of households accepted1 as owed a main homelessness duty during the year, 1997-98 to 2007-08

Local authority

1997-98

1998-99

1999-2000

2000-01

2001-02

2002-03

2003-04

2004-05

2005-06

2006-07

2007-08

Gateshead

293

413

431

476

648

626

South Tyneside

150

202

225

321

379

595

573

286

294

213

Table B: Number of households in temporary accommodation1, March 1998 to March 2008

Local authority

1997-98

1998-99

1999-2000

2000-01

2001-02

2002-03

2003-04

2004-05

2005-06

2006-07

2007-08

Gateshead

7

13

14

7

10

271

24

16

18

36

South Tyneside

56

61

48

5

6

13

51

26

18

22

11

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

Local authority

1998

1999

2000

2001

2002

2003

2004

2005

2006

2007

Gateshead

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

South Tyneside

1

3

1

2

2

0

0

0

0

0

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many people aged (a) under 18 and (b) over 60 years old were homeless in each of the last 10 years. (212353)

Information about local authorities' actions under homelessness legislation is collected in respect of households rather than persons. 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, is not collected by specific ages, but since June 2006, data has been provided by the age band into which the applicant falls. These age bands include 16 to 24-year-olds, and 60 to 64-year-olds, 65 to 74-year-olds, and 75-year-olds and over. Data is provided in our Statistical Release on Statutory Homelessness, which is published on our website and placed in the Library each quarter:

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

The latest release was published on 12 June 2008 and contains data from June 2006 up to March 2008. Table 10(b) of the release contains details of acceptances by age band:

http://www.communities.gov.uk/documents/housing/xls/840324.xls