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  • Release date: 22 March 2017
  • Period covered: October to December 2016
  • Next update: July 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 points

  • During October to December 2016, a total of 1,965 households were assessed as threatened with homelessness within 56 days and for 1,305 households (66 per cent) homelessness was successfully prevented for at least 6 months.
  • A total of 2,589 households were assessed as being homeless and owed a duty to help secure accommodation during October to December 2016. Of these, 1,104 households (43 per cent) were helped to secure accommodation that was likely to last for 6 months, following intervention by the local authority.
  • During October to December 2016, 480 households were assessed to be unintentionally homeless and in priority need and qualified for the duty to have accommodation secured for them. Of these, 396 (82 per cent) households accepted an offer of permanent accommodation.

Households in temporary accommodation

  • At the end of December 2016 there were 1,953 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 December 2016. 
  • At the end of December 2016 there were 153 households in temporary bed and breakfast (B&B) accommodation. Of these, 9 households (7 per cent) were families with children.


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.

Further information

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


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