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Homelessness

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  • Release date: 24 September 2014
  • Period covered: April to June 2014
  • Next update: 17 December 2014
Quarterly data which includes information on the number of households accepted as homelessness, reasons for homelessness and the number of households in temporary accommodation.

Key points

Household acceptances

  • During 2013-14, the number of households accepted as homeless decreased by 12 per cent compared with the previous year. This decrease has continued into 2014-15 with 1,255 households accepted as homeless during April to June 2014, a decrease of 8 per cent on the same quarter of 2013-14.
  • The number of decisions made on homeless applications, which had been increasing since 2011-12, was down by 14 per cent during April to June 2014 compared with the previous year.
  • Whilst the number of single person households accepted as homeless continues to fall, an increasing percentage of households accepted as homeless are single person households. During April to June 2014 single person households accounted for 55 per cent of all acceptances compared with 52 per cent a year earlier.

Households in Temporary Accommodation

  • The decrease in the number of households placed in temporary accommodation seen since 2011-12 has continued into the first quarter of 2014-15. At the end of June 2014 there were 2,180 households in temporary accommodation which is 9 per cent less than the end of June 2013 and the lowest number in temporary accommodation since the end of June 2003.
  • The fall in the number of households in bed & breakfast accommodation seen at the end of March 2014 has continued with 175 households in B&B at the end of June 2014, down by 37 per cent compared with the end of June 2013. This is the lowest number of households in B&B accommodation since the end of June 2002.
  • The number of families with children in bed and breakfast accommodation remains unchanged from a year ago with 10 families in B&B accommodation at the end of June 2014.

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

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