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Homelessness: Essex

Volume 485: debated on Tuesday 9 December 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many homeless (a) children and (b) adults are in temporary accommodation in each local authority area in Essex. (240295)

Information about English local authorities' actions under the homelessness legislation (Part 7 of the Housing Act 1996) is collected quarterly at local authority level, about households rather than individuals.

Data collected include 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.

Information on the numbers of households housed in temporary accommodation is reported quarterly by local authorities as at the last day of each quarter. The figures include: those households which have been accepted as owed the main homelessness duty; those for which inquiries are pending; those being accommodated for a limited period because they have been found intentionally homeless and in priority need; those being accommodated pending possible referral to another authority, and those being accommodated pending the outcome of a local authority review or county court appeal.

The number of dependent children (or expected children) in these households is also collected, but data on the number of adults is not. The latest (end June 2008) figures for total households and total children reported by the Essex authorities are shown in Table 1.

Table 1: Households in temporary accommodation, and number of children within these households (as at 30 June 2008)

Local authority

Total households in TA arranged by authority

Total children (and expected children) within these households

Basildon

315

382

Braintree

67

75

Brentwood

92

139

Castle Point

118

176

Chelmsford

83

57

Colchester

191

265

Epping Forest

79

98

Harlow

233

229

Maldon

38

49

Rochford

34

51

Southend-on-Sea

49

103

Tendring

172

206

Thurrock

66

74

Uttlesford

27

27

Authorities also report the number of households in temporary accommodation arranged by each authority, who have been housed outside the borough. Latest figures reported by the Essex authorities are shown in Table 2. Data specifically on the number of children and adults housed outside the borough are not held centrally.

Table 2: Households in temporary accommodation, and of which those housed outside the borough (as at 30 June 2008)

Local authority

Total households in TA arranged by authority

of which the number housed outside borough

Basildon

315

0

Braintree

67

0

Brentwood

92

0

Castle Point

118

10

Chelmsford

83

0

Colchester

191

6

Epping Forest

79

7

Harlow

233

0

Maldon

38

4

Rochford

34

15

Southend-on-Sea

49

0

Tendring

172

0

Thurrock

66

3

Uttlesford

27

0