Prisoners' Release: Homelessness

Ministry of Justice written question – answered on 5th June 2019.

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Photo of Richard Burgon Richard Burgon Shadow Lord Chancellor and Shadow Secretary of State for Justice

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many women were released from prison into homelessness in each year since 2010.

Photo of Edward Argar Edward Argar The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Justice

Making sure that we address female offenders’ housing and support needs is an absolute priority, at national and local level.

Community Rehabilitation Companies (CRCs) and the National Probation Service (NPS) are required to facilitate access to housing and support services for the female offenders that they are managing. This includes working together with local partners to help women find accommodation and supporting them to maintain their accommodation as part of a package of support tailored to meet their individual needs.

Our reforms to probation are designed to encourage long-term rehabilitation and ultimately reduce reoffending – and the first step in this is ensuring that everyone leaving prison has access to secure and stable accommodation. We are improving support for offenders leaving prison with a £22 million investment in through-the-gate services which will help to strengthen ties with key partners, including the third sector, local authorities and the police.

We recognise that improvements need to be made to current probation services and are working with providers to consider further action that we might take.

The data for the years before 2017-2018 could obtained only at disproportionate cost.

There is published data for the period 2017-2018. You can access this data here: https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/729062/accommodation-cirumstances-tables-2018.xlsx

Accommodation at Release from Custody: Accommodation Circumstances by Gender, 2017-18, England and Wales

Gender

Settled accommodation

Bail/probation accommodation

Rough sleeping

Other homeless

Other unsettled accommodation

Unknown

Total

Female

3,368

403

240

831

778

413

6,033

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