Temporary accommodation by borough
- The differences in proportion of households in temporary accommodation between boroughs are huge. In Haringey, around 35 households per 1,000 are in temporary accommodation, compared to just 1 per 1000 in Merton.
- The proportion of households in temporary accommodation has come down almost everywhere in London. It has fallen faster in Inner London than Outer London, although the rate remains higher.
Households in temporary accommodation by borough
What does this graph show?
This graph shows the proportion of households in temporary accommodation in each borough. The graph shows the borough in which households come from, not the one in which they are housed. So a household from Westminster placed in Barking would show up in the former.
The rate of households in temporary accommodation in London (12 per 1000) is six times as high as in rest of the country (2 per 1000). But there are huge variations in proportions of temporary accommodations within London - in Haringey 35 households per 1000 are in temporary accommodation compared to just one in 1000 in Merton. Whereas the rate in Tower Hamlets, Enfield, Redbridge, Brent, Haringey and Newham are all at least 10 times the national average, South London boroughs like Merton, Greenwich and Bexley have rates similar to the national average.
Compared to five years ago, the proportion of households in temporary accommodation fell in all boroughs. The rate has almost halved in Haringey and Newham. Inner London has a higher rate than Outer London, although it has seen a bigger decline (a fall of 10 per 1,000) than Outer London (a fall of 5 per 1,000).
Department for Communities and Local Government
Indicator last updated: 25 April 2012
- Barking and Dagenham
- City of London
- Hammersmith and Fulham
- Kensington and Chelsea
- Kingston upon Thames
- Richmond upon Thames
- Tower Hamlets
- Waltham Forest
- Households accepted as homeless by borough
- Households accepted as homeless and in temporary accommodation
- Length of stay in temporary accommodation
- Mortgage repossessions by borough
- Landlord repossessions by borough
- Rough sleeping in London
- Temporary accommodation by tenure
- Overcrowded households by tenure over time
- House prices by borough
- Changes to Housing Benefit
- London households affected by Housing Benefit changes
- Rental shortfall resulting from Housing Benefit changes
- Housing tenure
- Local Housing Allowance recipients in London
- Local Housing Allowance recipients by borough
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Otherwise known as "interim" or "emergency" accommodation in B&Bs, hostels, bedsits and flats. People who are recognised as homeless by their local authorities are housed in temporary accommodation until their needs have been properly assessed and suitable accommodation found
To be formally recognised as homeless, the person or household must either lack a 'licence to occupy' a home, be unable to access their normal accommodation, or it must be considered unreasonable for them to have to occupy the home they are in
(Adapted from the Housing Act 1996 Part VII para 175)