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Homelessness: Young People

Volume 508: debated on Wednesday 24 March 2010

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what estimate he has made of the number of young people who have left their family home without having in place arrangements to live independently in the last 12 months. (323177)

Information on young people who have left their family home without having in place arrangements to live independently is not held centrally. Information is collected on the number of households accepted by local housing authorities as owed a main homelessness duty by primary priority need category. In 2009 being a young person (aged 16 or 17) was the primary reason for priority need for 2,490 households accepted, 6 per cent. of all acceptances.