National homeless figures

2012/13

During the 2012/13 financial year, 53,540 applicants were accepted as homeless. This is an increase of 6% from 50,290 in 2011/12.

Between 1st January and 31st March 2013, the presence of dependent children or a pregnant woman in the household were the primary reasons for priority need in 9,670 of the 13,230 households accepted as being owed a main homelessness duty. This equates to 73% of all acceptances.

In addition to this, on 31 March 2013, 55,300 households were in temporary accommodation, which is 10% higher than at the same date last year. 8% of these households were in bed and breakfast style accommodation. This is an increase of 14% from 3,960 to 4,500.

The proportion of households leaving temporary accommodation or other temporary arrangements who had been in such arrangements for two or more years has fallen from 12% to 9%.

2013/14

During the 2013/14 financial year, 52,270 applicants were accepted as homeless. This is a decrease of 3% from 53,290 in 2012/13.

Between 1st January and 31st March 2014, the presence of dependent children or a pregnant woman in the household were the primary reasons for priority need in 9,110 of the 12,540 households accepted as being owed a main homelessness duty. This equates to 73% of all acceptances.

In addition to this, on 31 March 2014, 58,440 households were in temporary accommodation, which is 6% higher than at the same date last year. 7% of these households were in bed and breakfast style accommodation. This is a decrease of 3% from 4,510 to 4,370.

The proportion of households leaving temporary accommodation or other temporary arrangements who had been in such arrangements for two or more years has increased from 9% to 12%.

2014/15

During the 2014/15 financial year, 54,430 applicants were accepted as homeless. This is an increase of 4% from 52,290 in 2013/14.

Between 1st January and 31st March 2015, the presence of dependent children or a pregnant woman in the household were the primary reasons for priority need in 10,050 of the 13,520 households accepted as being owed a main homelessness duty. This equates to 74% of all acceptances.

In addition to this, on 31 March 2015, 64,710 households were in temporary accommodation, which is 11% higher than at the same date last year. 8% of these households were in bed and breakfast style accommodation. This is an increase of 21% from 4,370 to 5,270.

The proportion of households leaving temporary accommodation or other temporary arrangements who had been in such arrangements for two or more years has decreased from 12% to 11%.