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  • Release date: 14 December 2016
  • Period covered: July to September 2016
  • Next update: 22 March 2017
Data 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 July to September 2016, a total of 2,250 households were assessed as threatened with homelessness within 56 days and for 1,392 households (62 per cent) homelessness was successfully prevented for at least 6 months.
  • A total of 2,655 households were assessed as being homeless and owed a duty to help secure accommodation during July to September 2016. Of these, 1,086 households (41 per cent) were helped to secure accommodation that was likely to last for 6 months, following intervention by the local authority.
  • During July to September 2016, 504 households were assessed to be unintentionally homeless and in priority need and qualified for the duty to have accommodation secured for them.  Of these, 408 (81 per cent) households accepted an offer of permanent accommodation.

Households in temporary accommodation

  • At the end of September 2016 there were 1,923 households in temporary accommodation.
  • 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 September 2016.
  • At the end of September 2016 there were 138 households in temporary bed and breakfast (B&B) accommodation.  Of these, 27 households (19 per cent) were families with children.

Notes

Data on the provision of bed and breakfast accommodation for 16 to 17 year olds and for 18 to 21 year old care leavers through Homelessness or Social Services legislation has been collected since April 2016 and is published on StatsWales.

The Housing Act (Wales) 2014 included a number of changes to statutory homelessness legislation which were introduced on 27 April 2015.This headline shows quarterly information for July to September 2016 as reported by local authorities under the new legislation. The data are not comparable with the statutory homelessness data published prior to April 2015 due to the legislative changes. Further information is available in the document ‘Statutory Homelessness – Legislative changes from 27 April 2015’ published alongside this headline.

The data as published within this report and on Stats Wales are not classified as National Statistics. Comparisons with July to September 2015 have not been made because a number of factors have impacted on the quality and accuracy of the data collected and published on statutory homeless for  2015-16. Further information is available in ‘Homelessness in Wales, 2015-16’.

The information shown in this headline covers statutory homelessness only and does not include any information on ‘rough sleepers’. A national count of those sleeping rough is carried out annually and the results are available in a statistical release and on StatsWales.

Contact

Statistician
Tel: 029 2082 5055
Email: stats.housing@wales.gsi.gov.uk

Media
Tel: 029 2089 8099

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