Homeless households in priority need

Services for the homeless

Local authorities have a duty to help homeless people who fit certain criteria, and those who may be about to become homeless. Anyone requiring information on services for the homeless should use the appropriate unitary authority, district council or voluntary organisation links in the related information panel.


In the Lancashire-14 area in 2015/16, the 366 households accepted as homeless and in priority need equated to just 0.6% of the 57,750 for the whole of England. Per 1,000 households, five Lancashire authorities were in the lowest 10 out of 326 areas across England.

For England as a whole, households in temporary accommodation have increased substantially from 55,320 in 2012/13, to 71,540 in 2015/16. In Lancashire-14 however, numbers have fallen over the past four financial years, and amounted to just 107 in 2015/16.

For autumn 2015, the 14 Lancashire authorities provided either street counts or estimates that together came to 36 rough sleepers. For England as a whole the figure was 3,569.

The full article on this topic including background information, tables and links to related websites can be downloaded from the box below.

Further analysis

Homeless households in priority need 2015/16 - full article (PDF 167 KB)

 Page updated July 2016