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Management information on persons placed into temporary accommodation and rough sleepers for November 2023.


This monthly data collection was introduced during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

It covers temporary accommodation and provision of long-term accommodation for people who present to local authorities for housing support as they are at risk of homelessness.

For the estimates of rough sleeping and individuals living in temporary accommodation types, we publish a breakdown by local authority. For data on individuals moving into and out of temporary accommodation, we are currently publishing data at the Wales-level only. 

The figures for the latest month should be treated as provisional. These data have not undergone the same level of quality assurance as official statistics and the data may be revised in future. 

Where revisions have occurred since the publication of last month’s data, figures will differ from those previously published. Please use the most recent data, available to view on StatsWales, to ensure the figures you use are up to date. Figures that have been revised since previously published are marked with an [r]. 

Main points

Comparisons over time

This monthly collection of management information, and the guidance provided, is continuing to be refined and improved.

Welsh Government and local authorities have been working together to improve the reliability of data in this collection. Due to improvements in data quality from April 2023 data onwards, charts showing time series use April 2023 as a starting point. 

Use of temporary accommodation

  • Throughout Wales, there were 1,305 occurrences of homeless people placed into temporary accommodation during the month, 154 fewer than in October 2023. Of these, 315 were dependent children aged under 16, 95 fewer than in October 2023. [footnote 1]
  • Of the placements into temporary accommodation during November 2023, most occurrences came from ‘Moved from other unsuitable accommodation’ (585 occurrences), followed by ‘Other’ circumstances (420 occurrences). [footnote 1] [footnote 2]

Figure 1: Homeless individuals accommodated in temporary accommodation at the end of the month, April 2023 to November 2023


Description of Figure 1: A line chart showing a slight increase in total number of homeless individuals and a relatively stable number of children under 16 accommodated in temporary accommodation at the end of the month from April 2023 to November 2023.

Source: Welsh Local Authority homelessness services

The latest figures on Homeless individuals temporarily accommodated at the end of the period by local authority and period can be found on StatsWales.

  • As at 30 November 2023, 11,317 individuals were in temporary accommodation, 44 more than at 31 October 2023. 3,357 of these were dependent children aged under 16, 46 fewer than at 31 October 2023.
  • The type of accommodation temporarily housing the most individuals at the end of November 2023 was ‘bed and breakfasts and hotels’ with 3,565 individuals, of which 867 were dependent children under 16.
  • Between the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic and the end of November 2023, over 44,600 people who were previously homeless have been supported into emergency temporary accommodation. [footnote 3]

Homeless individuals moved into suitable long-term accommodation 

  • In November 2023, 662 homeless individuals were moved into suitable long-term accommodation, 62 fewer than in October 2023. Of the individuals moved into suitable long-term accommodation, 248 were dependent children aged under 16, 4 more than in October 2023.

Rough sleeping

Figure 2: Number of rough sleepers in Wales, April 2023 to November 2023


Description of Figure 2: A line chart showing that despite decreases in some months there has been an overall increase in the number of rough sleepers since April 2023. 

Source: Welsh Local Authority homelessness services

Rough sleepers by local authority

More information on rough sleepers by local authority can be found on StatsWales

  • As at 30 November 2023, there were an estimated 174 individuals sleeping rough throughout Wales. This is 5 more than the 169 individuals sleeping rough at 31 October 2023. [footnote 4]
  • As at 30 November 2023, Cardiff (47), Newport (35), Pembrokeshire (16), Torfaen (13) and Gwynedd (12) were the local authorities reporting the highest numbers of individuals sleeping rough. All other local authorities reported 10, or fewer, individuals sleeping rough, with four local authorities reporting zero. [footnote 4]


Following user feedback we are currently developing this publication which is based on management information. We are continuing to work closely with local authorities to strengthen the data collection guidance and improve data quality.

For October 2023 data onwards we are publishing data in Table 2: Number of homeless individuals in temporary accommodation at the end of the month, by local authority as well as by accommodation type. In addition, data from April 2023 onwards has moved from the previous spreadsheet format to StatsWales under the Homelessness section. A spreadsheet of data published prior to April 2023 is available to download from StatsWales.

Suspension of the Rough Sleepers Count 2023

The national rough sleeper count was suspended in 2020 to 2023 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

We will consider the long-term future of the rough sleeper count and engage with users prior to the 2024 count.

Ability to compare with statutory homelessness statistics and the rough sleeper count

It is important to note the following differences between this monthly management data collection and our existing data collections and publications on statutory homelessness:

In addition, we do not recommend comparisons between the rough sleeping estimates from this monthly collection and the annual rough sleeper count (up to November 2019). In this monthly collection, local authorities are asked to base their estimates on local intelligence. The annual rough sleeper count has a different methodology: a two-week information gathering exercise, followed by a one-night snapshot count.


[1] Disclosure control has been applied to the figures for placements into temporary accommodation and to accompanying data on StatsWales. All figures less than 3 have been supressed and shown as a ‘*’. All other figures are rounded independently to the nearest 3. Changes between months were calculated using the unrounded data, so may not match the difference between the rounded figures provided.

[2] ‘Other’ circumstances refers to reasons other than moved off street, previously sofa surfing, moved from other unsuitable accommodation and prison leavers.

[3] This figure is calculated and not shown in the accompanying data set.

[4] Local authorities are asked to base these estimates on local intelligence, not a one-night count.


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Rachel Shepherd-Hunt

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