FOI request (FOIR-150421352)
Requested Tue 15 October 2019
Responded Mon 21 October 2019
The Requested Information
The Homelessness Reduction Act (HRA) was introduced across England on 3 April 2018. Local authorities have new duties to assist anyone who is eligible and homeless or threatened with homelessness. The new prevention and relief duties require councils to 'take reasonable steps' to help anyone who approaches them who will be homeless in the next 56 days, and to help anyone who is already homeless, to find accommodation.
I would like to find out more about the children who are being supported by these new duties. The prevention duty (section 195) applies when a local authority is satisfied that an applicant is eligible for assistance and threatened with homelessness. The relief duty (section 189B) applies when a local authority is satisfied that an applicant is eligible and homeless.
I want to find out how many children are owed the prevention and relief duty.
I would like to request the following data:
The number of children who were owed the prevention duty (section 195) from April 2018 to March 2019
The number of children who were owed the relief duty (section 189B) from April 2018 to March 2019
If your council does not hold the specific information described at any question, I respectfully request that you provide any information it does hold from which these figures may be calculated. This could include any one database, spreadsheet or word document holding data relating to the number of households owed a relief duty who are not accommodated in interim accommodation. Please share this excluding any information which could be considered personal information under the Data Protection Act.
This information is available on the government's website at https://www.gov.uk/government/statistical-data-sets/live-tables-on-homelessness
Freedom of Information