Homeless households

This section gives headline figures on the operation of the homelessness provisions of the 1985 and 1996 Housing Acts. These are the most frequently used figures on homelessness, showing decisions made by local authorities on homelessness applications.

Households found to be homeless by local authorities

These are households which the council has found to be homeless. They are not all accepted as being owed a duty by the council, for example some are found to be homeless but not in priority need.

Summary statements

‘In England, more than 81,000 households were found to be homeless during 2013/14.’

Source: DCLG Homelessness Statistics, table 770.

Households found to be homeless, England

Households found to be homeless, by region

RegionNumber of Households 2013/14
East Midlands5,440
East of England7,864
London24,543
North East2,912
North West7,907
South East10,021
South West4,745
West Midlands11,901
Yorkshire and the Humber6,663
England81,880

Source: DCLG Homelessness Statistics, table 770, via Shelter Databank

Note: England total includes estimates for areas which have not reported figures; regional totals only include reported figures so will not sum to the England total.

Homeless households accepted as homeless and in priority need

Summary statements

‘In England in 2013/14, more than 52,000 households were accepted accepted by local authorities as homeless and in priority need.’

Source: DCLG Homelessness Statistics, table 770.

Households accepted as homeless, England

Homeless households accepted as homeless and in priority need, by region

RegionTotal 2013/14Of which: Households with dependent children
East Midlands35992423
East of England57173500
London1704813034
North East1523928
North West35151832
South East60534190
South West32872185
West Midlands80165851
Yorkshire and the Humber34781849
England5227033960

Source: DCLG Homelessness Statistics, table 770, via Shelter Databank

Note: England total includes estimates for areas which have not reported figures; regional totals only include reported figures so will not sum to the England total.

Homeless acceptances by age

Summary statements

‘In England, more than 14,000 households headed by young people were accepted as homeless and in priority need during 2013/14.’

Source: DCLG Homelessness Statistics, table 781

Reasons for homelessness

Summary statements

‘In England, the biggest single recorded reason for homelessness is now the loss of an assured shorthold tenancy - the type of tenancy most commonly held by private renters’

‘The percentage of homelessness acceptances in England recorded as being due to the loss of an AST has doubled over the last five years, from 13% in 2008/9, to 26% in 2013/14.’

Source: DCLG Homelessness Statistics, table 774

The table below shows the main recorded reasons for homelessness, given by households accepted as homeless by local authorities in England. It is important to note that these do not necessarily reflect the root causes of households losing their homes in the first place. The ending of an assured shorthold tenancy category will be almost entirely made up of private renters, due to the low number of ASTs in social housing.

England - Main recorded reason for loss of last settled accommodation (ranked by size of single reason)

ReasonNumber of accepted households, 2013/14% of total
End of assured shorthold tenancy13,65026%
Parents no longer able to accommodate8,52016%
Friends/ other relatives unable to accommodate6,66013%
Relationship breakdown with a partner: Violent6,13012%
Loss of other rented accommodation or tied housing3,0406%
Relationship breakdown with a partner: Other2,5505%
Rent arrears 1,7403%
Mortgage arrears (repossession or other loss of mortgaged home)9902%
Other reasons2,5505%
Total52,270100%

Source: DCLG Homelessness Statistics, table 774

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