Homelessness

Department for Communities and Local Government written question – answered on 10th January 2018.

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Photo of Baroness Kennedy of Cradley Baroness Kennedy of Cradley Labour

To ask Her Majesty's Government what is their estimate of the number of people who are homeless in England.

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

One person without a roof over their head is one too many and we are taking a number of actions to prevent and reduce homelessness and rough sleeping. This includes:

  • implementing the most ambitious legislative reform in this area in decades, the Homelessness Reduction Act, which will mean children and their families will get the help they need sooner;

  • establishing the Rough Sleeping and Homelessness Reduction Taskforce, to drive forward the implementation of a cross-Government strategy; and

  • allocating over £1 billion to prevent homelessness and rough sleeping through to 2020.

As of September 2017, the latest homelessness data available, there were 15,290 household accepted as homeless and 79,190 living in Temporary Accommodation.

The Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government publishes regular statistics on homelessness and rough sleeping which are published at national, London and local authority level. The latest statistics can be found at:

https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/homelessness-statistics.

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