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Homelessness

Volume 498: debated on Monday 2 November 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government which local authorities with no known or suspected rough sleeper problem are not required by his Department to conduct rough sleeper counts. (294945)

Since 1998 local authorities conduct rough sleeper counts in accordance with Communities and Local Government’s “Guidance on evaluating the extent of rough sleeping”. Broadly if a local authority feels that it has developed a rough sleeping problem, and in particular it estimates that there may be more than 10 rough sleepers in the area, then it should count.

There have been significant and sustained cuts in the numbers of people who are living rough on the streets since we established a baseline of 1,850 rough sleepers in 1998. The 2009 headline figure for rough sleeping based on local authority counts is 465 and set out in the table. Since 2009 this no longer includes estimates.

Local authority

Region

Date

Number

Westminster

L

26 March 2009

110

City of London

L

20 March 2009

38

Tower Hamlets

L

1 May 2009

17

Southwark

L

3 April 2009

15

Kensington and Chelsea

L

25 November 2008

13

Lambeth

L

26 March 2009

13

Haringey

L

27 November 2008

11

Bath

SW

3 April 2009

10

Bedford

E

23 May 2008

10

Hackney

L

20 March 2009

10

Hillingdon

L

19 November 2008

10

Chester

NW

27 March 2008

9

Liverpool

NW

21 April 2009

9

Manchester

NW

28 November 2008

9

Hammersmith and Fulham

L

25 November 2008

8

Norwich

E

7 May 2009

8

Herefordshire

WM

24 September 2008

7

Hull

Y and H

19 My 2009

7

Worthing

SE

21 November 2008

7

Bournemouth

SW

28 October 2008

6

Brighton and Hove

SE

4 March 2009

6

Camden

L

22 April 2009

6

Leeds

Y&H

18 April 2008

6

Peterborough

E

28 May 2008

6

Reading

SE

14 May 2008

6

Redbridge

L

28 May 2008

6

Carrick

SW

31 March 2009

5

Exeter

SW

8 May 2009

5

Kirklees

Y and H

21 November 2008

5

Oxford

SE

21 November 2008

5

Watford

E

25 March 2009

5

Birmingham

WM

28 November 2008

4

Brent

L

7 March 2008

4

Coventry

WM

26 March 2009

4

Derby

EM

12 May 2008

4

Milton Keynes

SE

28 November 2008

4

North Devon

SW

18 March 2009

4

Plymouth

SW

25 November 2008

4

Winchester

SE

18 November 2008

4

Bradford

Y&H

21 November 2008

3

North Cornwall

SW

31 March 2009

3

Restormel

SW

31 March 2009

3

Salisbury

SW

9 October 2008

3

Sheffield

Y and H

7 May 2008

3

Sunderland

NE

26 November 2008

3

Crewe and Nantwich

NW

27 March 2008

2

Lancaster

NW

6 March 2009

2

Lewisham

L

27 March 2008

2

Macclesfield

NW

27 March 2008

2

Newcastle upon Tyne

NE

29 April 2008

2

Northampton

EM

16 April 2009

2

Waltham Forest

L

24 April 2009

2

York

Y and H

29 April 2009

2

Bromley

L

13 March 2009

1

Calderdale

Y and H

15 May 2008

1

Cambridge

E

3 October 2008

1

Fenland

E

9 September 2008

1

Halton

NW

27 March 2008

1

Isle of Wight

SE

4 April 2009

1

Penwith

SW

31 March 2009

1

Portsmouth

SE

22 May 2009

1

Rotherham

Y and H

16 September 2008

1

Teignbridge

SW

26 March 2008

1

Wakefield

Y and H

22 May 2009

1

Caradon

SW

31 March 2009

0

Congleton

NW

27 March 2008

0

Ellesmere Port and Neston

NW

27 March 2008

0

Gateshead

NE

15 April 2009

0

Hertsmere

E

22 May 2009

0

Kerrier

SW

31 March 2008

0

Newham

L

7 March 2008

0

North Lincs

Y and H

16 October 2008

0

North Somerset

SW

15 May 2008

0

Staffordshire Moorlands

WM

22 April 2008

0

Vale Royal

NW

27 March2008

0

Warrington

NW

7 March 2008

0

Total from street counts

465

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many homeless people there were in (a) Mid Bedfordshire constituency, (b) Bedfordshire, (c) the East of England and (d) England in each year since 1997. (295371)

Information about English local housing authorities' actions under the homelessness legislation (Part 7 of the Housing Act 1996) is collected at local authority level, and published by the Department in the quarterly Statistical Release on Statutory Homelessness, available both in the Library and via the CLG website:

http://www.communities.gov.uk/publications/corporate/statistics/homelessnessq22009

The regional and national figures for the number of applicants accepted as owed a main duty and the number of households in temporary accommodation, for each financial year since 1998-99 can be found in Tables 3 and 7 of the latest Statistical Release. The equivalent 1997-98 figures can be found in earlier additions of the Release, accessible from this link:

http://www.communities.gov.uk/housing/housingresearch/housingstatistics/housingstatisticsby/homelessnessstatistics/publicationshomelessness/

Data are not collected at constituency level. The Mid-Bedfordshire constituency falls within the local authorities of Bedford and Central Bedfordshire (which, prior to 1 April 2009, comprised Mid-Bedfordshire and South Bedfordshire). Data are not reported at county level. Bedfordshire includes the following local authorities:

Bedford;

Luton; and

Central Bedfordshire.

For local authority level acceptance and temporary accommodation figures between 1997-98 and 2008-09 (including those listed above), I refer the hon. Member to the answer I gave to the hon. Member for Castle Point (Bob Spink) on 23 June 2009, Official Report, column 843W.

Information is also collected on the number of people who sleep rough—that is, those who are literally roofless on a single night, and local authority data and count guidance can be found here:

http://www.communities.gov.uk/housing/homelessness/roughsleeping/