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Homelessness duties owed by London boroughs

Homelessness duties owed by London boroughs (2023 Q3)

This indicator looks at the three types of statutory duties that local authorities owe households at risk of or experiencing homelessness.

Prevention duty

Local authorities owe prevention duties to help stop households at risk of homelessness losing their accommodation.

In the third quarter of 2023, Ealing owed the most households a prevention duty, at 3.65 per 1,000 households.

Relief duty

If a household is homeless, the local authority owes them a relief duty to provide some sort of accommodation.

Brent was the borough that owed the most households a relief duty, at 3.91 per 1,000 households compared to the London average of 2.17.

Main duty

The main homelessness duty to provide accommodation (which until 2018 was the only statutory duty owed to homeless households) comes into effect when the relief duty has failed and accommodation has not been secured.

Wandsworth and Lambeth were the boroughs that owed the most households the main homelessness duty (1.57 and 1.55 per 1,000 households) in the third quarter of 2023.