Homelessness figures up 18%

Published on Friday, 09 March 2012 15:47
Posted by Scott Buckler

New statistics show a massive rise in homeless acceptances across England.Figures released this week show 12,830 homeless applications were accepted between October and December 2011 - a rise of 18% since the same time the previous year

In London, the figures show a 36% rise over the same period.

In seven London boroughs – including Ealing, Bexley and Waltham Forest - the number of homeless households more than doubled over twelve months, with the biggest rise in Hounslow at 245%.

The National Statistics on Statutory Homelessness also show 48,920 households were in temporary accommodation at the end of last year – 2% higher than the same date in 2010.

Campbell Robb, Chief Executive of Shelter, said: ‘These figures are a shocking reminder of the divide between the housing haves and have nots in this country.

‘Amid growing economic gloom and rising unemployment, increasing numbers of ordinary families are falling victim to our housing crisis.  Some may be priced out of the housing market, forced to bring up their families in a revolving door of private let after private let. Others may have to leave the areas they have always called home, driven out by the cost of housing.

‘And for those we are hearing about in today’s figures, the worst has happened, and they have lost their home altogether.

‘We must see radical, urgent action from Government to address our broken housing system, or thousands more families will suffer as a result.’

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