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Homelessness duties owed by London boroughs

Homelessness duties owed by London boroughs (2023 Q1)

London boroughs are required by law to either provide accommodation to homeless households (the main homelessness duty), work to stop households becoming homeless (the homelessness prevention duty) or relieve homelessness when it does occur (the homelessness relief duty).

The extent and nature of homelessness duties owed by different boroughs varies significantly. Brent was the borough that owed the most households a relief duty, at 4.17 per 1,000 households compared to the London average of 2.12.

Newham and Hackney were the boroughs that owed the most households the main homelessness duty (1.46 and 1.44 per 1,000 households) and Enfield was the borough owing the most prevention duties at 3.49 per 1,000 households.