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Homelessness: Newham

Department for Communities and Local Government written question – answered on 29th November 2016.

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Photo of Stephen Timms Stephen Timms Labour, East Ham

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what information his Department holds on the number of homeless people in (a) East Ham constituency and (b) the London Borough of Newham with a (i) disability and (ii) mental health condition.

Photo of Marcus Jones Marcus Jones Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Communities and Local Government) (Local Government)

Holding answer received on 25 November 2016

Homelessness acceptances remain less than half the 2003-4 peak, but one person without a home is still one too many. That is why we have protected £315 million for local authority homelessness prevention funding, and secured £149 million central government funding in this Parliament. From 2010/11 to 2016/17, the London Borough of Newham received £5,104,774 in Homelessness Prevention funding.

We have a strong homelessness safety net, but we want to go further by putting prevention at the heart of our approach to tackling homelessness. That is why we are supporting Bob Blackman MP’s Private Members’ Bill. The Homelessness Reduction Bill will significantly reform England’s homelessness legislation, ensuring that more people get the help they need earlier to prevent them from becoming homelessness in the first place.

Homelessness statistics are not recorded at constituency level. Statistics on homelessness acceptances for each local authority in England can be found in live table 784:

https://www.gov.uk/government/statistical-data-sets/live-tables-on-homelessness#homelessness-summary-local-authority-level-tables

Homelessness statistics record those households who are accepted as homeless and owed the statutory homelessness duty by priority need category. The statistics record the lead reason someone is vulnerable and in priority need, such as those vulnerable as a result of disability or mental health condition. Of the households who are in priority need as a result of dependent children then this will be recorded as the lead reason, rather than any disability or mental health condition they may additionally have.

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