Households in temporary accommodation

MQT on 2014-09-17
Session date: 
September 17, 2014
Question By: 
Stephen Knight
Liberal Democrats
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


How do you respond to statistics released by the Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) which show a 45 per cent increase in the number of London households being placed in temporary accommodation outside their local authority area, up from 8,270 recorded on 31 March 2013, to 12,020 on 31 March 2014? How does this accord with your previous statement that "you are not going to see thousands of families evicted from the place where they have been living and have put down roots"?


Answer for Households in temporary accommodation

Answer for Households in temporary accommodation

Answered By: 
The Mayor

Placing a household in another borough does not automatically mean that these households will have been "uprooted". A move between local authority areas in London may often amount to moving only a few streets away. 

Recent research by Shelter shows that, of households placed in TA by a London borough:

       63% were in the placing borough,

       23% in a neighbouring London borough,

       12% in a non-neighbouring London borough,

       less than 1% somewhere in the East or South East regions, and

       less than 0.1% in another region.


Given that some homeless households may have needed or have chosen to move to another area, these figures do not suggest any mass movement of homeless households out of London. My officers continue to monitor this matter.