Homelessness: Greater London

Communities and Local Government written question – answered on 29th February 2012.

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Photo of David Evennett David Evennett Conservative, Bexleyheath and Crayford

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government

(1) what recent estimate he has made of the cost of providing temporary accommodation to homeless people in (a) the London Borough of Bexley and (b) London in each of the last five years;

(2) how many people in (a) the London Borough of Bexley and (b) London presented as homeless in the last five years.

Photo of Grant Shapps Grant Shapps The Minister for Housing

The following table shows the total number of decisions about households presenting as homeless (i.e. those applying for assistance under the 1985 and 1996 Housing Acts) made by: (a) the London borough of Bexley and (b) all London boroughs and the City of London in the last five financial years. This comprises: (i) all eligible households found to be in priority need and unintentionally homeless (acceptances); (ii) those in priority need but intentionally homeless; (iii) those not in priority need and (iv) those found to be not homeless.

Total number of decisions made by (a) London borough of Bexley (b) all London boroughs and the City of London under the 1985 and 1996 Housing Act on applications from eligible households, for the last five financial years
  Total decisions
  London borough of Bexley London
2006-07 850 33,450
2007-08 579 29,000
2008-09 423 27,290
2009-10 261 23,150
2010-11 519 25,310
Source: Quarterly P1E returns

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 are published in the quarterly Statistical Release on Statutory Homelessness, and are available in the Library of the House or via the DCLG website:

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

I recently announced allocations of £18.6 million to local authorities so they can better tackle single homelessness and bear down on rough sleeping. This extra funding will help councils to ensure that nobody is turned away without clear and useful advice when they are most in need. This comes on top of the existing £400 million homelessness grant this Government have protected.

The Department for Communities and Local Government collects and publishes detailed breakdown of outturn local authority revenue expenditure on housing services including homelessness and temporary accommodation since 2005-06. This information can be found on the Department's website at:

http://www.communities.gov.uk/localgovernment/localregional/localgovernmentfinance/statistics/revenueexpenditure/

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