Figures released by the House of Commons in their 2018 report ‘Households in Temporary Accommodation’ (England) says there has been a 60% increase in the number of households in temporary accommodation in the last six years
Online housing agents, Sellhousefast.uk, who specialise in repossession, delved into the issue to determine an accurate number of those affected and where in the UK the highest levels of temporary accommodation can be found.
The research found the following figures:
- 78,930 households were placed in temporary accommodation at the end of 2017.
- 28% of households in temporary accommodation were placed in another local authority’s district.
- Households in temporary accommodation placed outside of their local authority increased by 201%.
- Birmingham has the highest number of households in temporary accommodation – at 1,951.
- English districts with the lowest rate of households in temporary accommodation include Lancaster.
The government report produced, ‘Households in Temporary Accommodation (England)’, which holds the most recent quarterly statistics (March 2018), found 78,930 households were placed in temporary accommodation at the end of December 2017. This signifies an increase of 4.2% on 2016 figures, taken from the same quarter.
Of the 78,930 households in temporary housing at the end of December 2017, 28% were in accommodation in another local authority’s district.
Altogether, the number of households placed in temporary accommodation outside of their local authority has increased by 201% over the last six years.
The March 2018 quarterly statistics marks the twenty-sixth time that the number of households in temporary accommodation is higher than in the same quarter of the previous year.
Sellhousefast.uk discovered Birmingham has the highest number of households in temporary accommodation – at 1,951 in quarter 4 of 2017.
This total is followed by Brighton and Hove (1,666), Manchester (1500) and Luton – with 1,279 households in temporary housing.
Districts in England such as Milton Keynes (726), Bristol (479) and Broxbourne (475) continue to highlight just how many individuals require temporary accommodation services.
The top five districts in England with the lowest rate of households in temporary housing were found to be Mendip (6), Rushcliffe (6), Vale of White Horse (6), Bassetlaw (5) and Lancaster (5.)