Children: Asylum

Home Office written question – answered on 24th September 2020.

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Photo of Lord Boateng Lord Boateng Labour

To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the number of (1) homeless, and (2) unaccompanied child, asylum seekers (a) in total, and (b) in each local authority area.

Photo of Baroness Williams of Trafford Baroness Williams of Trafford The Minister of State, Home Department

(1) Homeless

The Government publishes quarterly statistics on statutory homelessness, and the latest published statistics covering January – March 2020 are available at

The number of households that have been initially assessed as homeless or threatened with homelessness can be found in Table A1 in the link below. Tables A5P and A5R show the household composition of those owed a homelessness duty.

(2) Unaccompanied asylum-seeking children

The number of looked after children who are unaccompanied asylum-seeking children (UASC) are published annually in the statistical release ‘Children looked after in England including adoptions’. The latest data refers to the year ending 31 March 2019 and is available at: Figures by local authority are available in table LAA4.

UASC are not distributed evenly around the country. The National Transfer Scheme (NTS) was established in July 2016 to achieve a more equitable distribution of UASC. We have worked with local government partners to develop proposals to further improve the NTS. On 28 August we launched an informal consultation with local authorities on these proposals.

Stats release - "Children looked after:Eng adopt (pdf, 618.0KB)

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