Homelessness: Greater London

Department for Communities and Local Government written question – answered on 25th April 2017.

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Photo of Lord Kennedy of Southwark Lord Kennedy of Southwark Shadow Spokesperson (Housing), Opposition Whip (Lords), Shadow Spokesperson (Communities and Local Government), Shadow Spokesperson (Home Affairs)

To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment have they made of the affect on homeless families from London of being housed significant distances outside the capital away from their friends and families.

Photo of Lord Bourne of Aberystwyth Lord Bourne of Aberystwyth The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Wales

Local authorities must secure accommodation within their own district so far as is reasonably practicable. Where it is not possible to secure accommodation within their district and an authority has secured accommodation outside their district, the authority is required to take into account the distance of that accommodation from the district of the authority. Authorities should try to secure accommodation that is as close as possible to where an applicant was previously living. Councils must also take into account the impact a change in location would have on a household, including the possible disruption to peoples’ jobs and children’s schooling.

The Department collects data on the number of out of district placements, by local authority, under the interim duty to accommodate whilst making enquiries etc. and under the duty to secure temporary accommodation whilst awaiting settled accommodation. This is available in (attached)Table 775 at:

https://www.gov.uk/government/statistical-data-sets/live-tables-on-homelessness

Table 775 (Excel SpreadSheet, 3.54 MB)

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