Wales sees big rise in B&B households

Stats show small decrease in households threatened with homelessness, but those assessed as homeless and unintentionally homeless increased.


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Wales saw a considerable increase in the number of households in bed & breakfast accommodation as at the end of March this year – up to 303 from 189 a year earlier.

Of these, 30 households (10%) were families with children.

New Welsh Government data for the period 2016-17 and 2017-18 shows a small decrease in the number of households threatened with homelessness.

However, both the number of households assessed as homeless and the number assessed as unintentionally homeless and in priority need increased.

The data references the number of households applying to local authorities for housing assistance under the Housing Wales Act 2014 and the number of homeless households in temporary accommodation.

Key stats include:

  • Between 2016-17 and 2017-18 the number of households threatened with homelessness within 56 days decreased by 2% to 9,072 households.
  • Homelessness was successfully prevented for at least 6 months in 66% of cases (6,021 households) – this was up from 62% in 2016-017.
  • In 15% of cases prevention was unsuccessful and other outcomes accounted for the remaining 18% – this compares with 18% and 20% respectively in 2016-17.
  • For the 6,021 households where homelessness was prevented, a third were able to stay in their own home and two thirds secured alternative accommodation.

Households assessed as homeless and owed a duty to help secure accommodation increased by 3% on the previous year to 11,277.

In 41%t of cases, the local authority successfully helped to secure accommodation that was likely to last for 6 months. For 4,143 households (37%) the local authority was unsuccessful in securing such accommodation. These were similar to the proportions recorded in 2016-17.

Of the 4,653 households successfully helped, 30% secured accommodation in the social sector and 30% in the private sector – 23% secured supported accommodation, 9% with family, friends or returned home and 8% secured other accommodation.

The stats show the number of households assessed to be unintentionally homeless and in priority need was 7% higher than the previous year at 2,229 households with the most common category of priority need being the presence of dependent children or pregnant woman (45%).

Overall, 78% of all households assessed as unintentionally homeless and in priority need accepted an offer of permanent accommodation – down from 81% in 2016-17.

At the end of March this year, there 2,271 households in temporary accommodation, up by 13% on the previous year.

Private sector accommodation continued to be the main form of temporary accommodation used, accounting for 34% of households in temporary accommodation at the end of March compared with 39% a year earlier.


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