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Temporary Accommodation

Volume 502: debated on Tuesday 8 December 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government if he will rank local authorities in England by the numbers of tenants in temporary accommodation in each local authority area (a) on 2 December 2009, (b) in April 2009, (c) in 2008 and (d) in 2007; how many such tenants there were in each local authority area in each case; and if he will make a statement. (304776)

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 number of households in temporary accommodation in each local authority at the end of each quarter is published in the supplementary table of the “Statutory Homelessness Statistical Release”. The equivalent figures for previous years can be found in earlier additions of the Release, accessible from this link:

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