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
- 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
- A new duty to prevent homelessness for all eligible applicants
threatened with homelessness.
- A new duty to relieve homelessness for all eligible homeless
- 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