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Homelessness

Volume 493: debated on Tuesday 2 June 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many statutorily homeless households were housed by (a) registered social landlords and (b) local authorities in each region in each of the last five years. (273404)

Lets to statutorily homeless households owed the main homelessness duty are reported by registered social landlords through the Continuous Recording of Lettings (CORE) system, which covers the period 1 April to 31 March. The number of lets to statutorily homeless households owed the main homelessness duty reported by registered social landlords for each region in the last five years is shown in Table 1.

Table 1: Number of lettings reported by RSL landlords made to statutorily homeless households owed the main homelessness duty (by region)

2003-04

2004-05

2005-06

2006-07

2007-08

North East

1,700

1,850

2,120

2,290

2,660

North West

5,030

5,440

6,220

6,460

6,730

Yorkshire and the Humber

2,510

2,500

2,950

3,160

3,640

East Midlands

2,640

2,240

2,640

2,720

2,750

West Midlands

5,740

4,580

4,130

4,230

4,660

East of England

3,930

3,990

4,220

5,060

4,530

London

6,900

6,730

5,880

6,920

6,910

South East

6,000

5,730

5,630

5,910

5,600

South West

4,810

4,470

4,840

4,750

4,860

England

39,260

37,520

38,640

41,500

42,320

Notes:

1. Figures reported by RSL landlords should show only those lettings made to applicants who were owed a main homelessness duty (under Section 193 of the Housing Act 1996). However it is possible that a number of applicants who were found to be homeless, but were not owed a main duty have also been included, so these figures may be over-reported.

2. RSLs with less than 250 units are not required to complete CORE returns.

3. The figures include general needs and supported housing lets.

Source:

Continuous Recording of Lettings (CORE)

Lets to statutorily homeless households owed the main homelessness duty are reported annually by local authorities via the Housing Strategy Statistical Appendix (HSSA), covering the period 1 April to 31 March. The number of lets to statutorily homeless households owed the main homelessness duty reported by local authorities

for each region in the last five years is shown in Table 2.

Table 2: Number of lettings reported by LA landlords made to statutorily homeless households owed the main homelessness duty (by region)

2003-04

2004-05

2005-06

2006-07

2007-08

North East

3,890

3,670

2,760

2,300

2,100

North West

5,420

6,510

5,560

4,770

3,100

Yorkshire and the Humber

8,900

7,680

5,220

4,480

5,250

East Midlands

3,930

4,350

3,560

3,250

2,920

West Midlands

7,310

6,560

5,230

4,640

4,400

East of England

4,100

3,840

3,260

2,770

2,320

London

11,720

11,130

9,310

7,820

7,080

South East

3,700

3,580

3,230

2,700

2,710

South West

3,810

3,030

2,910

2,250

1,420

England

52,770

50,350

41,040

34,970

31,300

Notes:

1. LA reported figures relate to households accepted as owed the main homelessness duty (section 193(2) of the Housing Act 1996).

2. Figures include general needs and supported housing lets.

Source:

Housing Strategy Statistical Appendix