A rise in homelessness prevention by councils

  • Official statistics have revealed that the number of households councils prevented from becoming homeless have increased by 15% last year compared to the previous year. Homeless

    The Department for Coomunities and Local Government have released figures which show preventions in England have risen from 181,900 to 209,300 between 2012/13 and 201/14, reports Inside Housing.

    Homelessness prevention gives people ways to address their housing needs to avoid homelessness by helping them obtain alternative accommodation or by enabling them to remain in their current property.

    A 12% fall occurred in the number of relief cases over the same period from 21,000 to 18,500. Homelessness relief occurs when a council has been unable to prevent homelessness but helps someone to secure accommodation, even though they're under no statutory obligation to do so.

    The DCLG's homelessness prevention and relief statistics also reveal that the total number of homelessness prevention or relief cases increased by 12% to 227,800 in 2013/14. Of these, 209,300 (92%) were preventions and 18,500 (8%) were cases of relief.

    The two most common prevention actions were help to resolve problems with housing benefit (24,400 cases, or 22%) and steps such as resolving anti-social behaviour or tackling disrepair through action against landlords (19,800 cases, or 18%).

    Communities Minister Kris Hopkins, who has responsibility for homelessness, said: "Today's figures at demonstrate the hard work of local authorities who have intervened early to help people who might otherwise have become homeless."

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