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Tim Loughton: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government whether he has made an estimate of the number of homeless people who were formerly children in care in each of the last 10 years. 
Mr. Ian Austin: Information about English local housing authorities' actions under the homelessness legislation (part 7 of the Housing Act 1996) is collected at local authority level, and published by the Department in the quarterly Statistical Release on Statutory Homelessness, available both in the Library and via the CLG website:
Data collected include the number of households accepted by local housing authorities as eligible for assistance, unintentionally homeless and in priority need, and therefore owed a main homelessness duty (to secure that suitable accommodation is available). If a settled home is not immediately available, the authority must secure temporary accommodation until a settled home becomes available.
The data include the number of applicants accepted by local authorities aged 18 to 20 and previously in care and the number of applicants aged 21 or over and vulnerable as a result of time spent in care. The total number of acceptances in these two categories since 2003-04 is given in the table below.
|Year( 1)||Number of homeless households in priority need accepted by local authorities who were formerly children in care|
|(1) The table does not give figures for 2002-03 as data are only available from July 2002; to March 2003, thus we do not have a figure for the entire 2002-03 financial year.|
John McDonnell: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what information his Department holds on the level of financial assistance provided by each London borough to young people seeking permanent accommodation in each year since 2005. 
Mr. Ian Austin: The Department provides a homelessness grant to local authorities and the voluntary sector to help them prevent and tackle homelessness in their areas. This grant helps assist people of all ages and a proportion of this money will be spent on young people based on a local authority's need. We cannot disaggregate actual spend on young people, but in England in the last quarter, 39 per cent. of households accepted as owed a main homelessness duty were aged 16 to 24 years.
The Supporting People programme provides revenue funds for local authorities to commission housing-related support services for vulnerable people in their area, to enable them to develop independent living skills.
It is a locally managed and delivered programme. Local authorities are responsible for making the strategic decisions regarding the programme including deciding what services to commission to meet local needs and priorities.
|Supporting People for the three young person primary client groups in London boroughs|
|Administering authority name||Young people at risk||Young people leaving care||Teenage parents||Total|
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