The official statistics on homelessness produced by the Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) have the potential to add great value for decision makers but this assessment finds that the presentation of the statistics, as three separate statistical reports with no coherent narrative to draw the statistics together, or to place them in context, diminishes this value. National Statistics status means that the statistics meet the highest standards of trustworthiness, quality and value. The Statutory Homelessness statistics, published as National Statistics, are the most robust of the sets of statistics assessed but in order to retain the National Statistics status, this report requires the statisticians to take some urgent actions, including presenting them in their proper context.

Letter from David Fry to Ed Humpherson