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Temporary accommodation by borough

Key points

  • The highest rates of households in temporary accommodation are in Brent, Haringey, and Newham
  • The Outer West and Outer South tend to have lower levels of households in temporary accommodation
  • The largest concentration is in the east and north east, though parts of the Inner West such as Westminster and Kensington & Chelsea also have high rates

Households in temporary accommodation by borough


What does this map show?

The map shows the average rate of households in temporary accommodation across London's boroughs in 2011 and 2012. It shows that the levels of households in temporary accommodation were particularly high in North and Eastern parts of London. There was also a considerable range in these rates - half of London's boroughs had fewer than 10 households per 1,000 living in temporary accommodation whilst six boroughs had twice that rate.

Despite the high levels of temporary accommodation in Newham, Haringey and Brent, the level in both boroughs has fallen considerably in the last 4 years. In Newham the number of households in temporary accommodation fell from 4,700 to 2,400, in Haringey from 4,600 to 2,900 and in Brent from 4,000 to 3,200.

The variation above reflects different approaches to homelessness in different boroughs. Some have changed their housing allocation rules, which they are now able to do as a result of the Localism Act. For example, one borough has increased the threshold at which a household can be considered as in priority need. Even boroughs operating ostensibly the same system can do so with varying results - there is a huge variation in the proportion of applications that are accepted in different boroughs.

Data used

Department for Communities and Local Government

Indicator last updated: 11 October 2013

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Temporary Accommodation:

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)

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