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Homelessness: East Sussex

Volume 488: debated on Wednesday 25 February 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many applications for housing assistance under homelessness legislation were made in (a) Eastbourne and (b) East Sussex in each of the last five years. (257084)

Information about local authorities' actions under homelessness legislation is collected by the Department. Authorities provide data on the number of applications for housing assistance (including those by ineligible households), as well as the number of households who are accepted by local authorities as eligible for assistance, unintentionally homeless and in priority need, and therefore owed a main homelessness duty.

Figures are collected at local authority level. The following table shows the number of applicants who have applied for housing assistance in each local authority within East Sussex (which includes Eastbourne).

Applications for housing assistance under homelessness legislation in local authorities within East Sussex (including ineligible households), 2003-04 to 2007-08

2003-04

2004-05

2005-06

2006-07

2007-08

Eastbourne

524

331

424

374

384

Hastings

1,101

943

690

546

287

Lewes

365

202

106

120

125

Rother

1

437

172

127

139

Wealden

491

418

404

226

176

1 Data not reported by local authority