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  • Release date: 27 September 2018
  • Period covered: 2017-18 and April to June 2018
  • Next update: 13 December 2018
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.

April to June 2018

Key points

Release date: 27 September 2018

Homelessness prevention

  • During April to June 2018, 2,424 of households were threatened with homelessness within 56 days. This was 14 per cent higher than April to June 2017, but 1 per cent lower than in January to March 2018.
  • Homelessness was successfully prevented for at least 6 months in 66 per cent of cases. This was broadly similar to the figure for the previous quarter and the same quarter during the previous year (65 per cent).
  • In 15 per cent of cases prevention was unsuccessful and other outcomes accounted for the remaining 19 per cent.

Relief of homelessness

  • During April to June 2018, 2,808 households were assessed as homeless and owed a duty to help secure accommodation. This is slightly lower than for April to June 2017 and slightly higher than for January to March 2018.
  • In 40 per cent of cases, the local authority successfully helped to secure accommodation that was likely to last for 6 months. For 38 per cent of households, the local authority was unsuccessful in securing such accommodation. These were similar to the proportions recorded in April to June 2017.

Priority need

  • During April to June 2018, 600 households were assessed to be unintentionally homeless and in priority need. These figures fluctuate on a quarterly basis.
  • 76 per cent of all households assessed as unintentionally homeless and in priority need accepted an offer of permanent accommodation. This is broadly similar to the equivalent figures for April to June 2017 and January to March 2018 (75 and 76 per cent respectively).

Households in temporary accommodation

  • At the end of June 2018, there were 2,142 households in temporary accommodation (8 per cent higher than at the end of June 2017). This is the highest number to date.
  • Private sector accommodation continued to be the main form of temporary accommodation used. It accounted for 37 per cent of households in temporary accommodation at the end of June 2018 (compared with 39 per cent a year earlier).
  • At the end of June 2018, there were 219 households in bed and breakfast accommodation a slight increase from 207 a year earlier. Of these, 30 households (14 per cent) were families with children.

2017-18

Release date: 1 August 2018

Notes

The Housing Act (Wales) 2014 included changes to statutory homelessness legislation which were introduced on 27 April 2015. The data shown in this headline and report are not comparable with the statutory homelessness data published for 2014-15 or earlier years due to the legislative changes. Additional information is available within the accompanying Quality Report.

Further information

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

Contact

Statistician
Tel: 0300 025 5055
Email: stats.housing@gov.wales

Media
Tel: 0300 025 8099

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