Length of time in temporary accommodation
Percentage (%), Days
No, due to different measures, different time series, different data collection methodologies and different legislation
Eligibility for temporary accommodation differs across the UK. In England, Wales and Northern Ireland, temporary housing is largely provided for applicants who are in priority need; in Scotland, all applicants are entitled to temporary accommodation. Non-priority need households or households that have not been accepted for a housing duty may also be in temporary accommodation arranged by themselves, but they are unlikely to be captured within currently reported data.All countries report data for the length of time households spend in temporary accommodation, but the time frame and the cohort of applicants for which data are reported are different. It is therefore not possible to produce a UK-wide estimate for how long households are staying in temporary accommodation with currently available data. For more information on how each country reports length of time spent in temporary accommodation, please see source information below.
The data source used for these charts was the ONS UK homelessness comparability report: https://www.ons.gov.uk/peoplepopulationandcommunity/housing/articles/ukhomelessness/2005to2018