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Homelessness

Volume 501: debated on Wednesday 2 December 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many households were classified as homeless in each region in each of the last two years. (303572)

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

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, and this information is also collected.

The regional 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, accessible from this link:

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

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

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