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Temporary accommodation

We want to ensure that all homeless households spend the shortest possible time in temporary accommodation before moving to settled accommodation.

To address this, we introduced mandatory data collection in April 2016 which helps us:

  • understand the use of temporary accommodation
  • improve the quality of information we hold on length of stay
  • identify if anything more needs to be done
  • shape homelessness policy

Most recent statistics on temporary accommodation.

Requirements for registered social landlords and councils

Guidance on section 5 of the 2001 Act states what is a reasonable time period for registered social landlords to satisfy a council's request to provide temporary accommodation, and what constitutes good reason for not doing so.

Improving the quality of temporary accommodation for families with children

We have also acted to address the quality of temporary accommodation for families with children by strengthening the Unsuitable Accommodation Order.

The use of bed and breakfast (B&B) accommodation for families with children

The use of bed and breakfast (B&B) accommodation should only be a very temporary option for families in urgent or immediate need of accommodation. Although the total number of households with children in B&B is small, we want to reduce this further and will continue to closely monitor councils' approach to this issue.