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Local Authority Homelessness Statistics (England)

Published Thursday, June 22, 2017

This tool allows you to view collected homelessness statistics for individual local authorities in England.

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Click the link at the bottom of this page to download the Excel file and then select the local authority of interest. The document will display statistics for statutory homelessness and rough sleeping in the local authority over the last five years.

Statutory homelessness

The statutory homelessness count refers to the number of households over the course of a year which the local authority has agreed it has a duty to house under the 1996 Housing Act.

Homeless households can apply to their local authority for housing assistance. Households are accepted if they are eligible, unintentionally homeless, and in a priority need group. Priority need groups include households with dependent children, pregnant women and vulnerable individuals.

Rough sleeping

Estimates of numbers of rough sleepers are produced by local authorities annually, each Autumn. Each local authority can decide whether to carry out a count of rough sleepers or produce an estimate based on contact with local experts (e.g. charities, the police).

Homelessness statistics for Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland

Housing is a devolved issue; this document covers homelessness in England only.

Homelessness statistics produced by devolved administrations are available from the following sources:

Commons Briefing papers CBP-7586

Authors: Noel Dempsey; Cassie Barton

Topics: Homelessness, Housing

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