Homelessness

Communities and Local Government written question – answered on 15th October 2008.

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Photo of Sarah Teather Sarah Teather Shadow Minister (Communities and Local Government) (Housing and Planning)

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many households registered as homeless there were in each of the last eight quarters, broken down by (a) local authority and (b) age of applicant.

Photo of Iain Wright Iain Wright Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Communities and Local Government)

Information about English local housing authorities' actions under the homelessness legislation (Part 7 of the Housing Act 1996) is collected quarterly at local authority level. 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). These households are known as 'accepted' households.

Data on accepted households are provided in our quarterly Statistical Release on Statutory Homelessness, which is published on our website and placed in the Library each quarter. This includes acceptances by local authority, and acceptances by age band of applicant.

http://www.communities.gov.uk/housing/housingresearch/housingstatistics/housingstatisticsby/homelessnessstatistics/publicationshomelessness/

Acceptances by local authority are published in each quarter's Statistical Release, in the Supplementary Tables. In addition, a table showing these data for the last eight quarters has been placed in the Library.

Data on the age band of accepted applicants, for the last eight quarters, can be found in Table 10b of the most recent quarterly Statistical Release on Statutory Homelessness, available in the Library. For ease, this table can be found as follows:

Acceptances by age of applicant
Total number of households accepted during period 16-24 % of total 25-44 % of total 45-59 % of total 60-64 % of total 65-74 % of total 75 and over % of total
2006
Quarter 3 19,390 7,940 41 9,130 47 1,700 9 230 1 280 1 110 1
Quarter 4 17,310 7,010 40 8,240 48 1,530 9 200 1 230 1 100 1
2007
Quarter 1 17,230 7,090 41 8,100 47 1,440 9 200 1 240 1 100 1
Quarter 2 15,960 6,520 41 7,510 47 1,450 9 180 1 220 1 90 1
Quarter 3 16,540 6,670 40 7,780 47 1,520 9 220 1 230 1 120 1
Quarter 4 15,240 5,930 39 7,410 49 1,440 9 190 1 180 1 100 1
2008
Quarter 1 15,430 6,130 40 7,400 48 1,470 10 170 1 200 1 70 0
Quarter 2 15,680 6,200 40 7,630 49 1,430 9 170 1 180 1 80 1

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