2.16 The average length of time spent by households in short-term accommodation continued to increase. This indicator has been dropped for 2014/15 because
a) all ETA used is self-contained and provides appropriate accommodation suitable for the needs of those placed there;
b) the more recent placements are at a higher cost to the Council reflecting the current London housing market; and,
c) efforts are focused on preventing people going into high cost ETA as a priority and on securing additional suitable private sector longer-term lettings which are more affordable for the Council. This indicator has therefore been replaced in 2014/15 by the total number of Private Rented Sector lettings achieved which better measures the performance of Barnet Homes in addressing the pressures of rising demand for homeless accommodation. In the first two months of 14/15 Barnet Homes achieved 66 private lets, which is above target.
Says it all really, doesn't it. If the numbers look bad, invent a new set of numbers