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London households in temporary accommodation

Proportion of households in temporary accommodation in London boroughs (2022 Q4)

Every borough in London, except Houslow, has a higher proportion of households living in temporary accommodation than the average in the rest of England. 

Newham has the highest rate of households in temporary accommodation (48.8 per 1,000 households). Other boroughs with high rates include Redbridge (25.0 per 1,000 households), Enfield (24.5 per 1,000 households), Southwark (24.5 per 1,000 households), Hackney (24.4 per 1,000 households) and Haringey (23.4 per 1,000 households). In contrast, the City of London (2.7 per 1,000 households) and Merton (3.2 per 1,000 households) have some of the lowest rates. Houslow has no households in temporary accommodation, although data was only available for one quarter. 

Sometimes, local authorities will provide temporary accommodation outside of their area. This is particularly common in London, where local authorities face the twin challenges of greater demand for homelessness services and more expensive accommodation in which to house people. Newham accommodated 16.3 per 1,000 of its households in temporary accommodation outside of the borough, one of the highest proportions for any local authority in London. 

All figures provided here refer to “households”. This refers to groups of people who live together (such as families, couples and other multi-adult households) and single adults. The dates span 4 quarters between Q1 2022 and Q4 2022. Figures for Tower Hamlets and Lambeth have not been reported due to missing data for all four quarters.