Tackling homelessness

The number of households that became homeless (accepted by local authorities as owed the main homelessness duty) in England between April 2007 and June 2007 was 18 per cent lower than for the same period in 2006 and the lowest quarterly value since the early 1980s. This continues a downward trend which began in 2003.

In addition, the number of households living in temporary accommodation on 30 June 2007 had fallen by 10 per cent compared to 30 June 2006.

The National Rough Sleeping Estimate for 2007 shows there are now 498 people sleeping rough on the streets of England on any single night.  This level represents a 73 per cent reduction in rough sleeping since 1998. The Government is committed to reducing rough sleeping to as near to zero as possible.

In addition, the use of Bed and Breakfast accommodation for families with children, for longer than six weeks, has been outlawed.

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