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  • Release date: 23 March 2016
  • Period covered: October to December 2015
  • Next update: August 2016
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 October to December quarter 2015-16, a total of 2,025 households in Wales were threatened with homelessness within 56 days and for 1,335 households (66 per cent) homelessness was successfully prevented for at least 6 months.
  • A total of 2,110 households were accepted as being homeless and owed a duty to help secure accommodation during the quarter. Of these, 925 households (44 per cent) were helped to secure accommodation that was likely to last for 6 months, following intervention by the local authority.
  • During the October to December quarter 2015-16, 405 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, 335 (83 per cent) households accepted an offer of permanent accommodation.

Households in Temporary Accommodation

  • At the end of December 2015, there were 1,830 households in temporary accommodation across Wales.
  • Private sector accommodation was the main form of temporary accommodation used, accounting for 42 per cent of all households in temporary accommodation, at the end of December 2015.
  • At the end of December 2015, there were 135 households in B&B accommodation. Of these, 5 (4 per cent) 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 shows quarterly information for the period October to December 2015 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 document ’Statutory Homelessness – Legislative changes from 27 April 2015’ published alongside this headline. The overall numbers shown may be subject to quarterly fluctuations. The data are not comparable with the statutory homelessness data published for the October to December 2014 quarter due to the legislative changes.


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