Homelessness: Reading Berkshire

Communities and Local Government written question – answered on 30th March 2010.

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Photo of Rob Wilson Rob Wilson Opposition Whip (Commons)

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what estimate he made of the number of people homeless in Reading East constituency in each year since 1997.

Photo of Ian Austin Ian Austin Minister of State (Regional Affairs) (West Midlands), The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government

Homelessness prevention measures funded by Communities and Local Government have had a major impact. In the last six years the quarterly level of statutory homelessness cases has reduced by 71 per cent.

Information on homelessness is not collected at constituency level.

Summary tables including the number of households accepted as owed a main homelessness duty by each local authority as at the end of each year between 1997-98 and 2008-09 have been deposited in the Library of the House as stated in the question from Bob Spink on 23 June 2009, Hansard, column 843W.

Information has also been collected and reported since 1998 on the number of people who sleep rough-i.e., those who are literally roofless on a single night. Local authority data and count guidance can be found on the CLG website:

http://www.communities.gov.uk/publications/corporate/statistics/roughsleeping2009

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