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 2016/17, the 397 households accepted as homeless and in priority need equated to just 0.7% of the 59,110 for the whole of England. Per 1,000 households, four 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 77,220 in 2016/17. In Lancashire-14 however, numbers have remained fairly stable over the past four financial years, and amounted to just 120 in 2016/17.

For autumn 2017, the 14 Lancashire authorities provided either street counts or estimates that together came to 47 rough sleepers. For England as a whole the figure was 4,751.

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 2016/17 - full article (PDF 283 KB)

 Page updated May 2018