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  • Release date: 24 August 2016
  • Period covered: 2015-16
  • Next update: 9 November 2016
An annual report 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 2015-16, a total of 7,128 households were assessed as threatened with homelessness within 56 days and for 4,599 households (65 per cent) homelessness was successfully prevented for at least 6 months.
  • A total of 6,891 households were assessed as being homeless and owed a duty to help secure accommodation during 2015-16. Of these, 3,108 households (45 per cent) were helped to secure accommodation that was likely to last for 6 months, following intervention by the local authority.
  • During 2015-16, 1,563 households were assessed to be unintentionally homeless and in priority need and qualified for the duty to have accommodation secured for them. Of these, 1,245 (80 per cent) households accepted an offer of permanent accommodation.

Households in Temporary Accommodation

  • At the end of March 2016 there were 1,875 households in temporary accommodation.
  • Private sector accommodation was the main form of temporary accommodation used, accounting for 43 per cent of all households in temporary accommodation at the end of March 2016.
  • At the end of March 2016 there were 108 households in temporary bed and breakfast (B&B) accommodation.  Of these, 3 households (4 per cent) were families with children.


The Housing Act (Wales) 2014 included a number of changes to statutory homelessness legislation which were introduced on 27 April 2015.This headline shows annual information for 2015-16 as reported by local authorities under the new legislation. The data are not comparable with the statutory homelessness data published for 2014-15 or earlier years due to the legislative changes. Further information is available in the document ‘Statutory homelessness – legislative changes from 27 April 2015’ published alongside this headline.

Due to concerns over the data quality a temporary de-designation of the statutory Homelessness statistics for 2015-16 has been agreed. The 2015-16 data as published within this report and on StatsWales are not classified as National Statistics.


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