HC Deb 29 April 2004 vol 420 cc1227-8W
Mr. Clifton-Brown

To ask the Deputy Prime Minister if he will list, for each housing authority, for the years(a) 1997, (b) 2000 and (c) 2003 the number of (i) adult homeless people, (ii) child homeless and (iii) residents in bed and breakfast accommodation. [166896]

Yvette Cooper

Available information, as reported by local authorities in England, has been made available in the Library of the House. Data collected on homelessness is in respect of households, rather than persons, although broad estimates of the number of dependent children within households accepted as eligible for assistance, unintentionally homeless and in "priority need" can be derived from the information supplied by local authorities. Snapshot information about numbers of households in various forms of temporary accommodation, including bed and breakfast style accommodation, represents the position on the last day of each quarter.

Ms Keeble

To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how many homeless families there were, broken down by region, for(a) the last quarter of 2003 and (b) the first quarter of 2004. [169732]

Yvette Cooper

Information on homelessness collected by the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister is in respect of households, rather than families. The number of households accepted as eligible, unintentionally homeless where the main category of priority need was the presence of dependent children, or an expectant mother, is however available. The following table shows the number of homeless household acceptances by local authorities, by region, along with information on those with dependent children or an expectant mother, for the fourth quarter of 2003. Estimates for the first quarter of 2004 will be published on 16 June.

Homeless house holds accepted by local authorities

Fourth quarter October—December 2003

of which main priority need

category reported as:








North East 2,050 970 190
North West 4,240 2,220 320
Yorkshire and The Humber 3,800 1,670 300
East Midlands 2,330 1,220 250
West Midlands 3,540 1,960 370
East of England 2,660 1,230 330
London 7,250 3,700 880
South East 3,610 1,720 470
South West 2,630 1,190 320
England 32,100 15,880 3,410
1Applicants accepted as eligible, unintentionally homeless and in priority need.
2 Household containing an expectant mother, but with no dependent children
ODPM quarterly PIE homelessness returns.

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