National P1E statistics detailing statutory homeless acceptance for 16/17 year-olds: For 2009-10; 2010-11; 2011-12

Faye Greaves made this Freedom of Information request to Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government

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Dear Department for Communities and Local Government,

I request that data is published regarding statutory homeless acceptances for 16/17 year-olds as contained within P1E statistical returns .

This is a specific priority need category when establishing what duty, if any, is owed to a person under part 7 of the Housing Act 1996. On this basis, this category is specifically recorded when each local authority completes their P1E return to DCLG on a quarterly/annual basis.

This information should be made available as a matter of course, rather than the age group being included within a broader 16-20 year-olds category, as it currently is.

I submitted a request for this information via data.gov.uk 14 April 2013 and as yet these figures have not been made available.

Adequate and robust investigation into homelessness among 16/17 year-olds at a local level requires the local picture to be discussed in relation to the national picture.

This information should be made available and published accordingly so that local authorities are aware of national figures of homeless acceptances among 16/17 year-olds. This will help inform local responses to tackling homelessness among a very vulnerable group.

I eagerly anticipate your response

Yours faithfully,

Mrs Faye Greaves

Andrew Presland, Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government

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Dear Mrs Greaves

Thank you for your query below, of 24 April, which has been passed to me
to answer.

The total number of homelessness acceptances in 2009/10, 2010/11 and
2011/12 that were in the 16/17 year-old Priority Need category are given
below, together with figures showing how they relate to those published in
Live Table 773 at
[1]https://www.gov.uk/government/statistica....

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In case it is useful, I also attach a spreadsheet giving a full breakdown
at local authority level of data collected from local authorities on the
quarterly P1E return for the final quarter of 2012, the most recent
quarter for which figures are currently available. We don't routinely
publish this level of detail on our website, but we do circulate the
spreadsheet by e-mail each quarter to anyone who has requested it.

<<201212 ID reported (Grossed EnglandLonTOT) data for public @ 22 Mar 2013
(version 1) AP.xls>>
The figures include a breakdown by Priority Need group of the total number
of homelessness acceptances in the quarter, including figures for the
16/17 year-old Priority Need category (at Col J of the 'Reported S2 - S5'
worksheet). As I expect you know, this includes only some of the
households accepted as homeless that contain 16 or 17 year-olds, with
others likely to be in other Priority Need categories, such as households
with dependent children. In case it helps, the '201212' worksheet contains
a copy of a blank P1E form, showing all the questions that are asked.
Among other things, this shows that the breakdown of applicant's ages
(regardless of Priority Need categories) collected at section E1 of the
form includes 16 to 24 year-olds as a single category. Data for this are
included in the 'reported S1' worksheet at Col EL.

Any proposals for splitting the age breakdown into more categories (e.g.
to include a separate 16 and 17 year-old category) would need to be
discussed with local authorities at the Housing Sub-Group of the
Central/Local Information Partnership (CLIP) and then be considered by the
Single Gateway Group that exists to ensure than any new data requests made
by central government do not represent an unnecessary reporting burden
upon local authorities.

I hope that this is helpful, but please let me know if you require any
further information. In particular, the request for information that you
submitted via data.gov.uk on 14 April (as mentioned below) hasn't reached
me or my team, but please let me know if it includes anything that hasn’t
been covered by this response.

Regards

Andrew

Andrew Presland
Statistician
Neighbourhoods Analysis - Policy through better evidence
Department for Communities and Local Government, Zone 4/J4, Eland House,
Bressenden Place, London SW1E 5DU / Tel: 0303 4443510 /
[email address] / [3]http://www.gov.uk/dclg

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