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The dataset provides information about the number of homeless households in temporary accommodation by Lower Tier Local Authorities in England. It includes data about the type of accommodation offered as well as where duty is owed but no accommodation has been secured. Figures are presented as the total amount as well as the ratio per 1000 households since 2004/2005.


Technical description

The Local Authority (LA) Homeless Statistics indicators were compiled based on data released by the Ministry of Housing, Communities & Local Government (MHCL), and includes the number of homeless households in temporary accommodation, broken down by type of accommodation offered by the end (31 March) of that financial year. Types of accommodation include Bed and breakfast, Hostels, LA or Housing Association stock, Private-sector leased (by LA or HA) or Other type, as well as the number of households where duty is owed but no accommodation has been offered. Data are presented on the basis of financial years, i.e. from April 1st to March 31st. Some LAs did not report data for some individual years and these values are denoted as NAs. Source figures are reported by LAs quarterly and some values were imputed before published. Values regarding homeless households are expressed as amounts as well as ratios per 1000 households. The table includes the total number of households (in thousands), which are derived by interim projections. Figures from historic LA geography have been referenced to the 2018 LA geography. This includes changes in name/codes, merges, or splits of old LAs to new LAs. NAs were not taken into account into aggregations and as such the sum of sub-categories may not be equal to totals.

About this dataset

Last Update
Created 3 years ago, updated a year ago
  • Alexandros Alexiou
  • Benjamin Barr
Citation Alexiou A, Barr B (2021), Housing Indicators: Local Authority Homelessness Statistics – Number of households in Temporary Accommodation (HS_15_02) <VERSION NUMBER> [Open Dataset], Place-based Logitudinal Data Resource, DOI: 10.17638/
  • England
  • Local Authority
  • LA