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Homelessness

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  • Release date: 25 March 2015
  • Period covered: October to December 2014
  • Next update: 24 June 2015
Quarterly data which includes information on the number of households accepted as homeless, reasons for homelessness and the number of households in temporary accommodation.

Key points

Household acceptances

  • The number of households accepted as homeless annually fell during 2013-14. Numbers continued to decrease during the first quarter of 2014-15 before increasing again during the July to September quarter. During the October to December quarter 2014-15, acceptances fell by 1 per cent compared with the same quarter of the previous year, to 1,210 households. This was the lowest number of acceptances recorded in any quarter since the October to December quarter 2001-02.
  • During the October to December quarter of 2014-15, the number of single person households accepted as homeless decreased. They accounted for 53 per cent of all acceptances during the quarter, compared with 59 per cent a year earlier.

Households in Temporary Accommodation

  • The number of households placed in temporary accommodation has been decreasing since 2011-12. At the end of December 2014, there were 2,150 households in temporary accommodation, which is 7 per cent less than at the end of December 2013. This is the lowest number of households in temporary accommodation since the end of June 2003.
  • The number of households in Bed & Breakfast (B&B) accommodation decreased at the end of 2013-14 and has continued to decrease in each of the first three quarters of 2014-15. At the end of December 2014 there were 215 households in B&B accommodation, which is a decrease of 16 per cent compared with the end of December 2013.
  • Of those in B&B accommodation at the end of December 2014, 10 were families with children. This is an increase from the end of December 2013 when less than 5 families were in B&B accommodation.

From April 2014, new data covering the prevention and relief of homelessness was collected from the Local Authorities in Wales. The information collected will be published on StatsWales once a complete and accurate dataset is available.

Following a consultation on a range of proposals relating to official statistics, statutory homelessness information will continue to be collected and published, via StatsWales, on a quarterly basis however publication of the full quarterly statistical report will be replaced with a twice yearly statistical report.

Contact

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