Temporary Accommodation: Children

(asked on 24th October 2019) - View Source

Question to the Department for Levelling Up, Housing & Communities:

To ask Her Majesty's Government how many children have been living in temporary accommodation in each of the last five years.

Answered by
Viscount Younger of Leckie Portrait
Viscount Younger of Leckie
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Work and Pensions)
This question was answered on 4th November 2019

Time spent in temporary accommodation means people are getting help and it ensures no family is without a roof over their head.

The government has undertaken a significant programme of work backed by over £1.2 billion, to tackle homelessness. This includes supporting local authorities in the implementation of the Homelessness Reduction Act, increasing access to the private rented sector for families in temporary accommodation (TA) and supporting London boroughs to procure TA more efficiently.

Last summer we published the cross-government Rough Sleeping Strategy. This sets out an ambitious £100 million package to help people who sleep rough now, but also puts in place the structures that will end rough sleeping once and for all

The number of children living in temporary accommodation is down from its peak in June 2006 at 130,470, with 126,020 in March 2019.

The following data refers to the number of children who were living in temporary accommodation on 31 March on each of the past 5 years.

31 March 2015: 98,620

31 March 2016: 111,060

31 March 2017: 120,520

31 March 2018: 123,520

31 March 2019: 126,020

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