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Rising homelessness numbers ‘a national outrage’ 21 Dec 2017 07:41 #5385

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New figures reveal that the number of households accepted as statutory homeless in England has increased by more than 60% since 2009.
The number of household accepted as statutory homeless in England has increased by more than 60% since 2009, new figures from the Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) reveal.

The figures show that between 1 July and 30 September 2017 local authorities in England accepted 15,290 households as being statutorily homeless, up 6% from 14,390 on the previous quarter and up 2% from 14,930 on the same quarter of last year. The figure is up 62% from a low of 9,430 in Q4 2009.

On 30 September 2017 the number of households in temporary accommodation was 79,190, up 6% from 74,750 at the same date last year, and up 65% on the low of 48,010 on 31 December 2010.

The number of households in temporary accommodation with shared facilities (bed and breakfast accommodation, hostels or women's refuges) was 11,880. Of the households in shared facilities, there were 6,400 households living in bed and breakfast (B&B) accommodation. Of the 6,400 households in B&B, 2,660 had dependent children or expected children

Chartered Institute of Housing chief executive Terrie Alafat CBE said: “It is quite simply a national outrage that so many people are homeless in England in 2017. We must act now.

"Today’s figures show the number of households accepted as homeless has jumped by more than 60 per cent since the low of 2009. That’s partly because of pressures on the housing market but also some of the welfare changes that have come into force in recent years.

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www.welfareweekly.com/rising-homelessness-numbers-a-national-outrage/
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