Homelessness duties outcomes

Date 20 April 2020
Date updated 20 April 2020

Outcomes of homelessness initial assessment per 1,000 households (2018/19)

These indicators look at three types of statutory duties that local authorities owe households at risk of or experiencing homelessness:

  1. Local authorities owe prevention duties to help stop households at risk of homelessness losing their accommodation. 
  2. If a household is homeless, the local authority owes them a relief duty to provide some sort of accommodation. 
  3. The main homelessness duty to provide accomodation (which until 2018 was the only statutory duty owed to homeless households) comes into effect when the relief duty has failed and accommodation has not been secured. 

As a proportion of the population, more households are owed homelessness duties by local authorities in London than in the rest of England in 2018/19. Additionally, prevention duties are less likely to be successfully fulfilled in the capital, with 27% of households owed a duty becoming homeless in London compared to 18% in the rest of England. Relief duties are also less likely to secure accomodation in London, with 31% of relief duties in the city resulting in a homeless household being accommodated as opposed to 45% in the rest of England. This has a role to play in more than twice as many households per 1,000 being assessed as owed a main homeless duty in London than outside of the capital.

Outcomes of homelessness relief duties by local authorities (2018/19)

Outcomes of homelessness prevention duties by local authorities (2018/19)

Outcomes of homelessness main duty assessments by local authorities (2018/19)