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Homelessness

Volume 495: debated on Wednesday 1 July 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many private dwellings were being leased by (a) registered social landlords and (b) local authorities for the purpose of housing homeless households in the latest quarter for which figures are available. (280293)

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.

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 so.

The number of households housed in temporary accommodation by local authorities as at the last day of each quarter, is also collected. This figure consists of 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 latest figures for the number of households housed in temporary accommodation leased from the private sector by (a) registered social landlords and (b) local authorities are shown as follows:

Number of households in temporary accommodation arranged under homelessness legislation, leased from the private sector by registered social landlords (RSLs) and local authorities (LAs), as at 31 March 2009

Type of temporary accommodation

Number of households

Private sector leased by RSL

11,700

Private sector leased by LA

25,750

Source:

CLG P1E returns (quarterly)