Statutory homelessness is a growing problem across the country, but has been felt most severely in London. Figure 20 shows that Hackney has the highest rate of households in temporary accommodation of all its statistical peers and is significantly higher than the London average. This trend over time shows the rate has increased from 14 per 1,000 households in 2010/11 to 23 per 1,000 in 2015/16. Temporary accommodation is predominantly used where a local authority has accepted a household as homeless, and are awaiting an available property for them to move to.

Figure 20: Statutory homelessness – households in temporary accommodation comparison with statistical peers (rate per 1,000 households)

Figure 20: Statutory homelessness – households in temporary accommodation comparison with statistical peers (rate per 1,000 households)

Source: Public Health Outcomes Framework

Figure 21 compares rates of homeless acceptances in Hackney and the City of London to Hackney’s statistical peers, London and England. This shows how significant an issue homelessness is in both local authorities.

Over the last five years, the number of households Hackney Council has accepted as statutory homeless has grown year on year, rising considerably in 2013/14 and staying at around the same level in 2015/16 (around 1,000 households – 50% above 2011/12 levels). This coincides with the welfare reform timetable and, in particular, the restriction on rent support to tenants in the private sector. 2

Figure 21: Rates of households accepted as homeless in Hackney, City of London, England and statistical peers (per 1,000 households), 2015/16

Figure 21: Rates of households accepted as homeless in Hackney, City of London, England and statistical peers (per 1,000 households), 2015/16

Source: Department for Communities and Local Government

References

  1. Hackney Council, “Homelessness Strategy 2015-2018,” October 2015
  2. Hackney Council, “Homelessness Strategy 2015-2018,” October 2015