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  • Release date: 28 September 2017
  • Period covered: April to June 2017
  • Next update: 14 December 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.

Data for April to June 2017 are based on 21 of the 22 local authorities, as one local authority was unable to provide data for this quarter(a). The data are therefore not comparable with earlier quarters.

Key points

  • During April to June 2017, a total of 1,899 households were assessed as threatened with homelessness within 56 days and for 1,197 households (63 per cent) homelessness was successfully prevented for at least 6 months.
  • A total of 2,652 households were assessed as being homeless and owed a duty to help secure accommodation during April to June 2017. Of these, 1,038 households (39 per cent) were helped to secure accommodation that was likely to last for 6 months, following intervention by the local authority.
  • During April to June 2017, 507 households were assessed to be unintentionally homeless and in priority need and qualified for the duty to have accommodation secured for them. Of these, 375 (74 per cent) households accepted an offer of permanent accommodation.

Households in temporary accommodation

  • At the end of June 2017 there were 1,980 households in temporary accommodation.
  • Private sector accommodation was the main form of temporary accommodation used, accounting for 39 per cent of all households in temporary accommodation at the end of June 2017.
  • At the end of June 2017 there were 207 households in temporary bed and breakfast (B&B) accommodation. Of these, 27 households (13 per cent) were families with children.


(a) Data excludes Neath Port Talbot.

All figures are rounded independently to the nearest 3, due to disclosure control.

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 April to June 2017 as reported by local authorities under the new legislation.

The temporary National Statistics de-designation came to an end in July 2017 following discussion with the Office for Statistics Regulation. These statistics are now classed as National Statistics.

Additional information is available within the release.

Further information

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


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