Comparability with Other UK Homelessness Statistics
Because of the substantial differences in legislative frameworks and data collection methods that exist across the UK care needs to be taken in comparing homelessness statistics across the four countries.
In September 2019 the Office for National Statistics published the UK homelessness: 2005 to 2018 report, which assessed of the comparability and coherence of existing UK government homelessness data sources.
Also published in September 2019 (updated December 2021) the GSS Homelessness Interactive Tool allows users to explore the similarities and differences between how key concepts relating to homelessness are defined across the four UK countries. It allows users to explore an applicants’ process through each of the different homelessness systems and enables users to visualise the different definitions of homelessness currently being used for official statistics and how these compare.
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