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|(i) Homeless households in temporary accommodation arranged by local authorities in Lancashire, and (ii) the number of rough sleepers in Lancashire|
|Number of households in temporary accommodation( 1) (31 March snapshot)||o.w. Unitary authority||o.w. LA districts||Number of rough sleepers, people, mid-year (June) estimate( 2)||o.w. Unitary authority||o.w. LA districts|
|(1) Households in accommodation at the end of the year (March) either pending a decision on their homelessness application or awaiting allocation of a settled home following acceptance. Excludes those households designated as homeless at home that have remained in their existing accommodation and have the same rights to suitable alternative accommodation as those in accommodation arranged by the authority. (2) Number of persons sleeping rough are based on local authority counts during the year and presented as a mid-year estimate. If no count takes place during the year an estimate is given by the local authority. Source: DCLG P1E Homelessness (quarterly) and HSSA (annual) returns.|
Yvette Cooper: Local authorities report their activities under homelessness legislation quarterly, and this includes the number of homeless households in various forms of temporary accommodation as on the last day of the quarter.
The duty owed to a person accepted as eligible for assistance, unintentionally homeless and in priority need is to secure suitable accommodation. If a settled home is not immediately available, the authority may secure temporary accommodation until a settled home becomes available. As an alternative to the provision of temporary accommodation some authorities arrange for households to remain in their current accommodation (homeless at home), until a settled solution becomes available.
The West Lancashire constituency is wholly contained in the West Lancashire local authority, although the authority also contains part of the South Ribble constituency. Figures for the entire West Lancashire authority for the last 10 years are tabled as follows:
|Homeless households in temporary accommodation arranged by West Lancashire district council|
|31 March||Number( 1)|
|(1) Households in accommodation at the end of the year (March) either pending a decision on their homelessness application or awaiting allocation of a settled home following acceptance. Excludes those households designated as homeless at home that have remained in their existing accommodation and have the same rights to suitable alternative accommodation as those in accommodation arranged by the authority. Source: DCLG P1E Homelessness (quarterly) returns.|
Yvette Cooper: Information about local authorities' actions under homelessness legislation is collected quarterly, at local authority level. The parliamentary constituency of West Suffolk consists of Forest Heath DC and part of St Edmundsbury DC.
Statistical returns distinguish the number of households accepted as eligible for assistance, and unintentionally homeless according to the main category of priority need the applicant falls within. The returns do not identify the number of people in the household. Information reported by Forest Heath and St Edmundsbury district councils, which covers the whole of their districts, in each year since 2001-02 is summarised in the following table:
|Households accepted as eligible, unintentionally homeless and in a priority need category|
|Total households||Of which|
|Containing dependent children||Containing an expectant mother||Applicant or family member vulnerable( 1)|
|(1 )As well as applicants, or members of their household, considered vulnerable, figures also include households homeless in an emergency, applicants aged 16 or 17 years old, and applicants formerly in care and aged 18 to 20 years old. Source: DCLG P1E Homelessness returns (quarterly).|
Mr. Betts: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many affordable homes for (a) sale , (b) rent and (c) shared ownership were (i) agreed, (ii) started and (iii) completed by each planning authority years under section 106 agreements in each of the last five. 
Yvette Cooper [holding answer 13 July 2006]: A table showing the number of dwellings built for (a) sale, (b) rent and (c) shared ownership as well as planning permissions given as a result of section 106 agreements in each local authority in England, in each year from 2000-01 to 2004-05, has been placed in the Library of the House. Information on the number of building starts is not held centrally.
Yvette Cooper [holding answer 13 July 2006]: As at 10 October 2005 there were 9,000 vacant dwellings in West Sussex and 100,400 in the South East. The area covered by the South East plan is the same as that covered by the South East region.
Mrs. Spelman: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what the Governments estimate is of the number of residential housing transactions that took place in England and Wales in the most recent year for which figures are available. 
Yvette Cooper: Figures for the number of residential housing transactions by local authority areas based on data from the Land Registry are published on the DCLG website at: http://www.communities.gov.uk/pub/162/Table588_id1156162.xls.
There were 1.02 million residential housing transactions in 2005 in England and Wales. In 2004 there were 1.23 million transactions. The number of transactions varies significantly from year to year due to a range of factors in the housing market.
Yvette Cooper: New build completions data are only available at local authority level therefore it is only possible to measure how many dwellings have been built in local authorities classified as rural by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) rural definition and local authority classification. This will include dwellings built in towns that are within a local authority classified as rural.
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