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Communities and Local Government written question – answered on 6th September 2013.

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Photo of Roger Godsiff Roger Godsiff Labour, Birmingham, Hall Green

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many families in (a) Birmingham, Hall Green constituency and (b) the West Midlands are recorded as living in bed and breakfast accommodation; and how many such families were recorded as living in such accommodation in (i) 2010, (ii) 2011 and (iii) 2012.

Photo of Mark Prisk Mark Prisk The Minister for Housing

The Department collects figures on the numbers of households in temporary accommodation in individual local authority areas and so those which most closely relate to the Birmingham Hall Green constituency are those for the whole area covered by Birmingham city council.

The latest figures on the number of households with dependent children or expectant mothers with no other dependent children recorded as living in bed and breakfast accommodation relate to 31 March 2013. The following table therefore includes figures for Birmingham city council, as at 31 March in 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013.

Birmingham city council
Number of households with dependent children or expectant mothers with no other dependent children in bed and breakfast accommodation
As at 31 March: Number
2010 72
2011 48
2012 28
2013 87
Source: PIE quarterly returns

As outlined in the written ministerial statement of 18 September 2012, Hansard, columns 32-33WS, my Department no longer publishes statistics by Government office region. I am placing in the Library of the House, a table giving local authority figures from which regional estimates for the former West Midlands government region can be calculated.

The figures are the total numbers reported by local authorities as at each date. It is not possible from the information provided to identify individual households and so to track the number of households in bed and breakfast accommodation as at 31 March 2013 that had also been in bed and breakfast accommodation on any particular previous dates. Figures for 30 June 2013 will be published on 5 September.

We announced funding of nearly £2 million in June to support intensive work with seven local authorities that account for almost 50% of families in bed and breakfast over six weeks. Birmingham is one of the successful bidders and will receive £297,500 of that funding. The lessons learned will be shared with other local authorities.

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