Temporary Accommodation

Communities and Local Government written question – answered on 5th March 2007.

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Photo of Frank Dobson Frank Dobson Labour, Holborn and St Pancras

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what the cost was to the public purse of placing households in temporary leasehold accommodation in each year since 1997.

Photo of Yvette Cooper Yvette Cooper Minister of State (Department of Communities and Local Government) (Housing and Planning)

holding answer 23 February 2007

Communities and Local Government collects data on Local Government expenditure in England on homelessness through the revenue outturn returns. The public expenditure on placing households in temporary accommodation in each year since 1997 is tabled as follows.

Private sector leasing( 1)
1997-98 40,066
1998-99 37,515
1999-2000 33,476
2000-01 32,442
2001-02 39,866
2002-03 72,426
Other homelessness( 2)
1997-98 36,038
1998-99 45,327
1999-2000 50,114
2000-01 60,019
2001-02 94,709
2002-03 99,652
Leasehold dwellings( 3)
2003-04 161,148
2004-05 239,174
2005-06 282,937
Other temporary accommodation( 4)
2003-04 95,511
2004-05 197,288
2005-06 189,642

The increase in expenditure on leased accommodation reflects both that more vulnerable people are receiving help with accommodation, following the strengthening of the statutory safety net in 2002; and the Government's drive to improve the quality of temporary accommodation used to house people under the homelessness legislation. Although good quality, self-contained leasehold accommodation accounts for around 50 per cent. of temporary accommodation used by local authorities, more needs to be done to help people find settled homes. In 2004, we set the challenging target of halving the number of households in temporary accommodation by 2010.

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