Statutory homelessness in England 1998-2020

In 2019/20 approximately 40.3 thousand households in England were accepted for main homeless duties, whereby the relevant local authority deems the applicant to be unintentionally homeless and eligible for assistance. Prior to 2018/19 the figures are significantly higher than this, with 56 thousand main duty acceptances in 2017/18, although this is due to the introduction of other statutory homeless duties in 2018/19.

Number of main homeless duty households accepted in England from 1998/99 to 2019/20

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Release date

October 2020


United Kingdom (England)

Survey time period

April 1, 1998 to March 31, 2020

Supplementary notes

*From 2018/19 onwards the criteria for households qualifying for a 'main duty' has changed with other additional duties introduced.

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