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Homelessness: York

Volume 488: debated on Wednesday 25 February 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many households in York were accepted as statutorily homeless in each of the last 15 years. (257832)

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

A summary table which includes the total number of households accepted as owed a main homelessness duty in each year between 1997-98 and 2007-08, for each local authority, including York, was provided in response to the answer I gave to the hon. Member for West Suffolk (Mr. Spring) on 26 November 2008, Official Report, columns 1499-1500W, and placed in the Library. Figures for York are shown in the following table:

Households accepted as owed a main homelessness duty in York local authority,1997-98 to 2007-08

Number

1997-98

280

1998-99

1

1999-2000

282

2000-01

499

2001-02

418

2002-03

409

2003-04

460

2004-05

424

2005-06

414

2006-07

213

2007-08

258

1 Denotes data not reported.

Acceptance data at local authority level prior to 1997-98 are not held electronically.