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Homeless and in priority need, plus rough sleepers
2012/2013
 

 

Services for the homeless

Anyone requiring information on services for homeless should visit the Homeless UK website that details the range of help available for the homeless, and those at risk of homelessness. Information can also be found on he Direct Gov and Shelter websites.

 

Introduction

This short article contains information on the number of households accepted as homeless and in priority need in Lancashire between April 2011 and March 2012. The figures have been downloaded from the Department of Communities and Local Government website. The website contains a live tables on homelessness page that gives access to the homelessness figures that are published each year down to the local authority area level.  This article also highlights the rough sleepers figures that are available for Lancashire local authorities.  

The information is used in the development of housing needs indices, responses to parliamentary questions and for policy development on housing issues. Local authorities also use the data for either management purposes or to assist the continued development of housing strategies. 

The complementary house price report includes local house price information and also details mortgage possessions proceedings figures, and data on vacant properties. In addition, the report that considers housing and council tax benefit levels emphasises the importance of these benefits to many Lancashire residents.

Households accepted as homeless and in priority need   

For England as a whole, the local authority with the largest number of households accepted as homeless and in priority need in the year to March 2013 was Birmingham with 3,957, well in excess of Sheffield in second place with 1,218 and Waltham Forest in third with 1,045. At the other extreme, 11 authorities recorded 10 households or less, which included, Wyre, Fylde and Hyndburn. 

Table 1 reveals that in the 14-authority Lancashire area in 2012/13, there were 438 households accepted as homeless and in priority need that equates to just 0.8% of the England total of 53,540. Burnley, Lancaster and West Lancashire recorded the largest numbers with 61, 66 and 68 respectively. On average for England, 2.37 households per 1,000 were classified as homeless and in priority need. No Lancashire authority recorded a rate that was close to the national average. Burnley (1.69), West Lancashire (1.45) and Lancaster (1.05) were the only Lancashire authority with rates of above 1.00 household per 1,000.

The Department for Communities and Local Government website details some of the initiatives that are in place to reduce levels of homelessness.

Table 1 Households accepted as homeless and in priority need, April 2012 to March 2013

 
Households accepted as homeless
Number per 1,000 households
Rank of 326 authorities in England (by per 1,000 households)*
Burnley
61
1.69
139
Chorley
22
0.48
292
Fylde
9
0.25
303
Hyndburn
8
0.24
305
Lancaster
66
1.05
213
Pendle
22
0.58
282
Preston
54
0.93
230
Ribble Valley
16
0.64
274
Rossendale
15
0.52
288
South Ribble
43
0.91
233
West Lancashire
68
1.45
157
Wyre
10
0.20
309
Lancashire County Council (12-district  area)
384
Blackburn with Darwen UA
24
0.44
296
Blackpool UA
30
0.47
293
Lancashire (14-authority area)
438
England
53,540
2.37

Source Department for Communities and Local Government (Table 784). *No percentage rates were available for nine out of the 326 local authorities in England

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Rough Sleepers

The Department for Communities and Local Government homelessness statistics web page includes figures on rough sleeping in England.  Rough sleeping counts and estimates are single night snapshots of the number of people sleeping rough in local authority areas. Local authorities decide whether to carry out a count or an estimate based upon their assessment of whether the local rough sleeping problem justifies counting. For Autumn 2012, the 14 Lancashire authorities provided either street counts or estimates that together came to just 29 rough sleepers. 

Households Living in Temporary Accommodation

 

Table 2 Tracks the general pattern of decline in the number of households classified as living in temporary accommodation between 2000/01 and 2010/11, but the last few years have seen a reversal in this trend. For 2012/13, the number for the whole of England increased to 55,300, noticeably higher than the low point of 48,240 recorded in 2010/11. 

For the 14-authority Lancashire area, 148 households were living in temporary accommodation in 2012/13. Wyre recorded just one household, and six other Lancashire authorities had numbers less than 10.  In contrast, South Ribble has consistently recorded quite a high figure, and with 32 households in temporary accommodation in 2012/13, it had the highest number in Lancashire.    

Table 2. Households living in temporary accommodation, 1998/1999 to 2011/2012 

 
2000/ 2001
2001/ 2002
2002/ 2003
2003/ 2004
2004/ 2005
2005/ 2006
2006/ 2007
2007/ 2008
2008/ 2009
2009/ 2010
2010/ 2011
2011/ 2012
2012/ 2013
Burnley
13
23
43
32
40
18
25
21
18
14
6
14
8
Chorley
70
34
21
30
29
33
39
24
6
12
22
11
Fylde
19
24
18
26
18
18
14
3
7
10
10
Hyndburn
3
2
5
3
2
4
2
1
2
0
2
2
2
Lancaster
8
3
6
27
56
28
30
26
4
3
1
15
18
Pendle
4
3
10
14
1
3
6
3
7
0
0
6
13
Preston
71
75
79
63
73
84
74
76
51
21
21
18
15
Ribble Valley
11
7
10
11
10
5
5
8
4
3
5
5
5
Rossendale
2
2
4
0
4
3
7
1
0
2
1
0
4
South Ribble
17
23
32
42
51
47
49
31
21
21
30
35
32
West Lancashire
4
6
0
5
2
1
3
7
4
4
3
4
2
Wyre
15
18
33
16
26
20
20
10
1
1
1
1
1
Lancashire (12 districts)
237
196
267
243
312
272
239
241
150
78
89
132
121
Blackburn with Darwen
9
11
16
3
10
5
11
6
3
2
3
6
3
Blackpool
48
41
60
99
122
71
42
31
28
22
23
22
24
Lancashire (14 authorities)
294
248
343
345
444
348
292
278
181
102
115
 160
148
North West
2,039
1,771
2,500
2,830
3,000
2,490
2,380
2,190
1,360
880
920
 1,100
1,037
England
70,057
77,964
89,260
97,290
101,070
96,370
87,120
77,510
64,000
51,310
48,240
 50,430
55,300
Source Department for Communities and Local Government (Table 784) Temporary accommodation under homelessness provisions: The duty owed to a household accepted by a local housing authority as eligible for assistance, unintentionally homeless and in priority need is to secure suitable accommodation.  

 

Recording of homelessness cases by local authorities

Local authorities record cases where homelessness is prevented or relieved on the P1E data return. Under sections 1 and 3 of the Homelessness Act 2002, local housing authorities must have a strategy for preventing homelessness in their district. The strategy must apply to everyone at risk of homelessness. 

All persons who fall within the authority’s scheme and for whom positive assistance was provided during the quarterly period (either by the authority or a partner organisation) should be recorded on the P1E form. The following spreadsheet contains quarterly local authority results from the P1E returns for Lancashire local authorities.  The figures detail homeless acceptances by broad age-group of applicant and household type. 

 

Complementary information on Lancashire Profile    

NHAS is a partnership between Shelter and Citizens Advice, funded by the Department for Communities and Local Government.  The aim is to ensure that all people receive accurate and timely housing advice.   

The £20m Homeless Transition Fund aims to prevent and tackle rough sleeping in England.  The fund supports the work of the Foxton Centre in Preston.

Last updated August 2013 by Bryan Moulding with data from 2012/2013

 

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