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Social Services

Volume 487: debated on Wednesday 4 February 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many vulnerable (a) adults and (b) children have been placed out-of-area in each year since 2005; and which were the most common destinations for such placements in each year. (253614)

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, 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 (i.e. including dependent children, an expectant mother, or someone who is vulnerable in some way), 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.

Data collected include the number of households living in temporary accommodation pursuant to a homelessness duty at the end of each quarter, and the number of these where the accommodation was located outside the district of the placing local authority. The figures reported by each authority over the last three years, as at the last day of each year, are provided in a table which has been placed in the Library. These data are available at household level only — the number of adults and children living in temporary accommodation located outside the placing district is not held centrally.

Information on the location of temporary accommodation provided outside the placing authority’s district is also not held centrally.