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Homelessness

Volume 502: debated on Wednesday 16 December 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (1) what percentage of households in (a) each region and (b) England classified as homeless left the homeless list in each of the last two years; (303453)

(2) how many households in each region in England left the homeless list in each of the last three years.

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/housing/housingresearch/housingstatistics/housingstatisticsby/homelessnessstatistics/publicationshomelessness/

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 are available (“homeless acceptances”). If a settled home is not immediately available, the authority must secure temporary accommodation (TA) until a settled home becomes available.

The data include the number of homeless acceptances not immediately provided with settled accommodation, for whom a main homelessness duty was ended during the quarter. A duty can be ended in a number of circumstances, for example, where an offer of settled accommodation is accepted or refused. National figures for the number of homeless acceptances not immediately provided with settled accommodation for whom a main homelessness duty was ended can be found in Table 8 of the latest Statistical Release, accessible from this link:

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

National and regional figures for the number of households in temporary accommodation or remaining in their existing home, on 31 March 2007 and 31 March 2008, who were homeless acceptances and not immediately provided with settled accommodation are shown in Table 1:

Table 1

31 March 2007

31 March 2008

England

74,620

61,850

East of England

3,750

3,040

East Midlands

1,530

930

London

51,680

45,340

North East

810

590

North West

2,950

1,580

South East

5,800

3,980

South West

3,850

2,680

West Midlands

1,800

1,580

Yorkshire and the Humber

2,460

2,120

National and regional figures for the number of homeless acceptances not immediately provided with settled accommodation, for whom a main homelessness duty was ended in each of the last three years is shown in Table 2:

Table 2

2006-07

2007-08

2008-091

England

71,520

65,290

57,900

East of England

7,000

5,740

5,270

East Midlands

5,480

5,110

3,340

London

16,120

15,140

16,120

North East

5,020

3,450

2,870

North West

9,510

8,310

5,900

South East

8,370

7,630

5,670

South West

6,290

5,690

4,940

West Midlands

7,800

8,590

8,240

Yorkshire and the Humber

5,930

5,620

5,550

1 Provisional data for 2008-09

Figures in Table 2 above exclude households who were immediately provided with settled accommodation.