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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.
The second table shows the total number of households in temporary accommodation on the last day of each quarter since 2001, and, since 2002, those that include dependent children or a pregnant woman, for both England and Somerset. In January 2005 the Government announced in Homes for All its commitment to halve the number of all households in temporary accommodation by 2010.
|Households in temporary accommodation( 1) arranged by local authorities|
|Total number of households in TA (end quarter snapshot)||of which families with dependent children and/or pregnant woman||Total number of households in TA (end quarter snapshot)||of which families with dependent children and/or pregnant woman|
|(1) Households in accommodation arranged by local authorities pending enquiries or awaiting allocation of a settled home following acceptance of a main duty. (2) Somerset includes the following LAs: Mendip, Sedgemoor, South Somerset, Taunton Deane and West Somerset. (3) Data not reported during quarter. Source: DCLG P1E Homelessness returns (quarterly).|
Information is also collected by the Department on the number of people who sleep roughthat is, those who are literally roofless on a single night. These are recorded on a calendar year basis, and figures for 2001 up to the latest available figures, for 2006, are presented by local authority on the Communities website, at:
Mr. Austin Mitchell: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what assumptions on (a) rents and (b) (i) management, (ii) maintenance and (iii) major repairs allowance and (c) interest rates on housing debts were used in her pilot study on opting out of the national housing revenue account. 
Mr. Austin Mitchell: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what expenditure was on the national housing revenue account in each year since 1990, broken down by main budget heading. 
Mr. Austin Mitchell: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government whether she expects the pilot scheme for local authorities to opt out of the national housing revenue account to be self- financing. 
Yvette Cooper: The impact on the public finances of permitting individual local authorities to operate outside the housing revenue account subsidy system is one of the issues that the Government are considering as part of the current pilot scheme.
Mr. Austin Mitchell: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what Government expenditure was on (a) council housing, (b) registered social landlords (c) arms length management organisations and (d) home ownership schemes in each year since 1996. 
Yvette Cooper: The information requested in provided in the table. The figures for 2005-06 have not been audited. Government expenditure on council housing will also include money given to ALMOs under the Decent Homes programme. Figures for Housing Corporation funding via registered social landlords (RSLs) is for new homes and excludes works to RSL housing stock. The Housing Corporation figures for low-cost home ownership include funding for Affordable Housing Programme, Local Authority Social Housing Grant and Starter Home Initiative. The English Partnership figures include acquisition costs.
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