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Homelessness prevention/relief over time

Key points

  • In 2014/15, a total of 31,000 cases of homelessness prevention or relief are estimated to have taken place in London, independent of the council's statutory homelessness duty.
  • In 4,000 of these cases homelessness was relieved (where the council helped someone homeless to secure accommodation, even though the authority is under no statutory duty to do so).
  • Most activities were preventative, helping people avoid homelessness. There were 9,000 cases of homelessness prevention where someone was helped to find alternative accommodation and 18,000 cases where someone was helped to remain in the same home.
  • The total number of cases of prevention and relief has remained between 30,000 and 34,000 in the last five years, despite the increase in statutory homelessness in London.
  • The most common way people were helped to avoid homelessness and remain in their own home in London was through resolving housing benefit problems.
  • The number of cases where people are helped to avoid homelessness by moving has fallen by 5,100 since 2009/10 while the number of cases where they remain in the same home has increased by 6,000.

Homelessness prevention/relief over time

What does this graph show?

The graph shows cases of homelessness prevention and relief in London between 2009/10 and 2014/15. In 2014/15, a total of 31,000 cases of homelessness prevention or relief are estimated to have taken place in London, independent of the council's statutory homelessness duty. In 4,000 of these cases homelessness was relieved (where the council helped someone homeless to secure accommodation, even though the authority is under no statutory duty to do so). But most activities were preventative, helping people avoid homelessness. There were 9,000 cases of homelessness prevention where someone was helped to find alternative accommodation and 18,000 cases where someone was helped to remain in the same home.

The total number of cases of prevention and relief has remained between 30,000 and 34,000 in the last five years, despite the increase in statutory homelessness in London. But the number of cases where people are helped to avoid homelessness by moving has fallen by 5,100 since 2009/10 while the number of cases where they remain in the same home has increased by 6,000. The most common way people were helped to avoid homelessness and remain in their own home in London was through resolving housing benefit problems.

Data used

P1E Homelessness returns, DCLG; the data is for London

Indicator last updated: 15 October 2015