Temporary Accommodation: Families

Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government written question – answered on 4th November 2019.

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To ask Her Majesty's Government how many families have been living in temporary accommodation in each of the last five years.

Photo of Viscount Younger of Leckie Viscount Younger of Leckie Lord in Waiting (HM Household) (Whip), Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Housing, Communities and Local Government)

Time spent in temporary accommodation means people are getting help and it ensures no family is without a roof over their head.

The government has undertaken a significant programme of work backed by over £1.2 billion, to tackle homelessness. This includes supporting local authorities in the implementation of the Homelessness Reduction Act, increasing access to the private rented sector for families in temporary accommodation (TA) and supporting London boroughs to procure TA more efficiently.

Last summer we published the cross-government Rough Sleeping Strategy. This sets out an ambitious £100 million package to help people who sleep rough now, but also puts in place the structures that will end rough sleeping once and for all.

The following data refers to the number of households with children who were living in temporary accommodation on 31 March on each of the past 5 years.

31 March 2015: 51,210

31 March 2016: 56,430

31 March 2017: 60,980

31 March 2018: 61,610

31 March 2019: 62,010

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