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Homeless in temporary accommodation rises again 30/03/2017

The latest Housing Statistical Release from the Department for Communities and Local Government show the total number of households in temporary accommodation on 31 December 2016 was 75,740, up 10% from a year earlier and up 58% from the low of 48,010 in 2010.


Of the 75,740 households living in temporary accommodation on 31 December 2016, 21,910 (29%) were placed in temporary accommodation in another local authority district.


The number of households accepted by local authorities between 1 October and 31 December 2016 as being statutorily homeless as a result of being unintentionally homeless and in priority need was 14,420 - a fall of 3% on the previous quarter and marginally down by 0.4% on the same quarter a year earlier.


The Homelessness Reduction Bill 2016-17 will refocus English local authorities on efforts to prevent homelessness. The Bill is seeking to amend Part 7 of the Housing Act 1996. Its measures include:


  • An extension of the period during which an authority should treat someone as threatened with homelessness from 28 to 56 days.
  • Clarification of the action an authority should take when someone applies for assistance having been served with a valid section 21 notice of intention to seek possession from an assured shorthold tenancy.
  • A new duty to prevent homelessness for all eligible applicants threatened with homelessness.
  • A new duty to relieve homelessness for all eligible homeless applicants.
  • A new duty on public services to notify a local authority if they come into contact with someone they think may be homeless or at risk of becoming homeless.


The Bill has now passed through the House of Lords at third reading with no further amendments and it now waits Royal Assent before becoming an Act of Parliament. A date for Royal Assent has yet to be set. 


The latest figures show that the ending of an assured shorthold tenancy with a private landlord has been an increasing cause of homelessness over the last six years rising from 1,060 (11% of all cases) in Q4 2009 to 4,440 (31% of all cases) in Q4 2016.


ARCH believes that the only long-term solution to homelessness is the provision of more social and affordable housing.

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