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Homelessness

Volume 481: debated on Thursday 23 October 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many householders have presented themselves to a local authority as homeless in England in each year since 1985; and how many of those presented following (a) mortgage repayment difficulties and (b) rental arrears in each such year. (229415)

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. Data collected includes all decisions made on applications by eligible applicants, and the number of applicants 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). These households are known as ‘accepted’ households.

The following table shows the total number of decisions from 1991 to 2007, on applications from households eligible for assistance under the homelessness provisions of the 1985 and 1996 Housing Acts.

Total number of decisions made by English local housing authorities under the 1985 and 1996 Housing Act on applications from eligible households1, 1991 to 2007

Total decisions

1991

301,620

1992

305,640

1993

288,250

1994

269,630

1995

271,500

1996

263,900

1997

242,340

1998

245,350

1999

243,290

2000

247,190

2001

255,080

2002

269,330

2003

296,970

2004

281,460

2005

227,260

2006

168,530

2007

137,690

1 Decisions on applications from households eligible for assistance under the homelessness provisions of the 1985 and 1996 Housing Act.

Information on decisions by reason for loss of last settled home (which includes mortgage arrears and rent arrears) is not held centrally. However this information is held for accepted households and this is provided back to 1997 in our quarterly Statistical Release on Statutory Homelessness (table 5), which is published on our website and placed in the Library each quarter.

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