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Homelessness: Children in Care

Volume 502: debated on Wednesday 16 December 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government whether he has made an estimate of the number of homeless people who were formerly children in care in each of the last 10 years. (307491)

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://wwwcommunities.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 is available). If a settled home is not immediately available, the authority must secure temporary accommodation until a settled home becomes available.

The data include the number of applicants accepted by local authorities aged 18 to 20 and previously in care and the number of applicants aged 21 or over and vulnerable as a result of time spent in care. The total number of acceptances in these two categories since 2003-04 is given in the table below.

Year1

Number of homeless households in priority need accepted by local authorities who were formerly children in care

2003-04

1,560

2004-05

1,500

2005-06

1,270

2006-07

980

2007-08

820

2008-09

770

1 The table does not give figures for 2002-03 as data are only available from July 2002; to March 2003, thus we do not have a figure for the entire 2002-03 financial year.