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Homelessness: Nottingham

Volume 503: debated on Wednesday 6 January 2010

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many (a) rough sleepers and (b) homeless people there were in Nottingham North constituency in (a) 1997 and (b) the latest period for which figures are available. (308993)

Information on rough sleeping has been collected since 1998 and a street count conducted in Nottingham in 1998 found 14 rough sleepers. The last street count took place in 2008 and found three rough sleepers.

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 at:

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.

Data are not collected at constituency level. Nottingham North constituency falls within the north-western part of the City of Nottingham unitary authority. The numbers of households accepted as statutory homeless in the City of Nottingham in 1997-98 and 2008-09 are 908 and 633 respectively. The number of households accommodated by the City of Nottingham in temporary accommodation as at 31 December 1997 is 148 and as at 30 September 2009 is 74.