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  • Release date: 23 September 2015
  • Period covered: April to June 2015
  • Next update: 16 December 2015
Quarterly data which includes information on the number of households applying to local authorities for housing assistance under the Housing Wales Act 2014 and the number of homeless households in temporary accommodation.

Key results and StatsWales are published quarterly and a report will be published annually.

Key points

  • During the April to June quarter 2015-16, a total of 1,350 households in Wales were threatened with homelessness within 56 days and for 1,115 households (83 per cent) homelessness was successfully prevented for at least 6 months.
  • A total of 535 households were accepted as being homeless and owed a duty to help secure accommodation during the quarter. Of these, 300 households (56 per cent) were helped to secure accommodation that was likely to last for 6 months, following intervention by the local authority.
  • During the April to June quarter 2015-16, 480 households qualified for the duty to have accommodation secured for them, as they were deemed to be unintentionally homeless and in priority need, following the duty to help secure ending. Of these, 330 (69 per cent) households accepted an offer of permanent accommodation.

Households in Temporary Accommodation

  • At the end of June 2015, there were 1,935 households in temporary accommodation across Wales.
  • Private sector accommodation was the main form of temporary accommodation used, accounting for 40 per cent of all households in temporary accommodation, at the end of June 2015.
  • At the end of June 2015, there were 170 households in B&B accommodation. Of these, 15 were families with children.


The Housing Act (Wales) 2014 included a number of changes to statutory homelessness legislation. These changes were introduced on 27 April 2015. Prior to this, a user consultation was conducted on proposed changes to the data collected and published on statutory homeless, in line with these legislative changes. The consultation documents, including the response summary, are available from the Consultation pages.

This headline is the first to show quarterly information as reported by local authorities under the new version of the statutory homelessness legislation, introduced on 27 April 2015. Further information is available in the accompanying document ‘Statutory Homelessness – Legislative changes from 27 April 2015’.

Local authorities have also included some information for the period 1 to 26 April under the previous statutory homelessness legislation, however this has not been possible for all cases and therefore this headline does not reflect all activity for the whole quarterly period.


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