(Part 1) Describe what tables 1 and 2 tell us about local authority decisions about homelessness in England.
The two tables of quantitative evidence provided, have been produced by the Department for Communities and Local Government for England. The data has been collected from the housing statistics from the local housing authorities in England. The data is reliable and covers the time period of 1998/99 up until 2010/2011.
Table 1 shows the number of decisions made regarding eligibility for housing in England between 1998/99 and 2010/11. The data is placed into four categories. It shows that there has been a decline in the number of decisions made over the 13 year period, with a decrease of more than 50 per cent over the time period. This is clear in three out of four of the categories. The numbers of unintentionally homeless with a priority need, the number of homeless without a priority need and the number of not homeless, all show a decline in numbers. Over the 13 year period, the combined average of intentionally and unintentionally homeless with a priority need is 50 per cent. This relates to half of the overall total decisions made. Those classified as homeless, regardless of intention, but without a priority need amount to an average of 20 per cent, with those classified as not homeless making up the final 30 per cent. The category of intentionally homeless with a priority need is the only category to see an increase over the 13 year period. In 1998/99 the figure stood at 6,430, whereas in 2010/11 the number had increased to 7,130, an increase of 700, this is represented by an increase in percentage from 3 per cent in 1998/99 to 7 per cent in 2010/11.
Table 2 covers the same time span of 1998/99 to 2010/11, as Table 1. The table details the overall number of households accepted by local authorities as owned a main homelessness duty. Within Table 2 the information is then split into 6 categories of ethnicity. The trend of the decrease in...