Harmonisation of Definitions of Homelessness for UK Official Statistics: A Feasibility Report

Homelessness statistics differ across the countries of the UK because homelessness and housing are addressed through local jurisdictions. Homelessness data is often collected through administrative systems which were built using definitions based on each country’s legislation, and so data are not currently comparable. 

This report investigates the feasibility of harmonizing UK definitions of homelessness and evaluates methods for improving users’ understanding of the comparability of UK homelessness statistics. 

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Government Statistical Service