Homelessness: Pregnancy

Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government written question – answered on 12th November 2020.

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Photo of Colleen Fletcher Colleen Fletcher Opposition Whip (Commons)

To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what recent estimate he has made of the number of pregnant women who are homeless in (a) Coventry, (b) the West Midlands and (c) England.

Photo of Kelly Tolhurst Kelly Tolhurst Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Housing, Communities and Local Government)

In the quarter April – June 2020, national homelessness data shows that, of households assessed as unintentionally homeless and owed a main duty by priority need, the following numbers of households included a pregnant woman:

1. 10 in Coventry

2. 60 in the West Midlands

3. 480 in England

The Homelessness Reduction Act, the most ambitious reform to homelessness legislation in decades, came into force in April 2018. It means that local authorities and other public bodies must work together to actively prevent homelessness for people at risk. Local authorities must do so irrespective of whether they are a family or single person, the reason they are at risk, or if they have a local connection to the area.

Pregnant women are in priority need for housing assistance. This means that if a local authority is satisfied that a household which includes a pregnant woman has become homeless through no fault of their own and are eligible for assistance, they have a duty to place them into accommodation.

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