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TOPIC: Nearly half of children in private rented homes are living in poverty

Nearly half of children in private rented homes are living in poverty 09 Feb 2019 09:47 #13984

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The number of children in private rented homes who are living in poverty has increased by 69% since 2008.

Research by the National Housing Federation (NHF) has revealed that there are now an estimated 1.3 million children living in poverty in privately rented homes in England, an increase of 537,325 children (69%) since 2008.

The research shows that nearly half (46%) of all children in privately rented homes in England live in poverty, despite seven in ten (71%) of their families being in work.

NHF says high property prices and a shrinking proportion of social housing mean that the number of families living in privately rented homes has increased by more than three quarters in a decade – growing faster than couples and single people.

The report also shows that many parents are being forced to live in insecure private rented homes which they can’t afford, pushing them and their children into poverty.

Since 2012, families living in private rented homes have outnumbered families in social housing.

The National Housing Federation is calling for urgent support from government to build more social housing to help lift these children out of poverty.

The report reveals that around a quarter of a million – 242,753 – of these children would not be living in poverty if they had access to social housing.

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