Housing Need

MQT on 2014-10-22
Session date: 
October 22, 2014
Question By: 
Stephen Knight
Liberal Democrats
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


What was the backlog of housing need across London in 2008, and how does this compare with the number of households that are currently in some form of backlog need?


Answer for Housing Need

Answer for Housing Need

Answered By: 
The Mayor

Backlog need can be measured in a number of ways and there is no single official definition, but some major categories of need can be compared over time. The number of homeless households placed in temporary accommodation by London boroughs has fallen from 55,500 in March 2008 to 43,310 in March 2014, but the estimated number of overcrowded households has risen from 224,000 in 2008/09 to 258,000 in 2012/13 (the latest data available).