Households in temporary accommodation rise by 5%

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The latest government figures published today show that there are currently more than 80,000 households in temporary accommodation

This is a 5% increase since year and a 71% increase on the low of 48,010 since 31st December 2010.

In London the number of households in temporary accommodation by 30th June 2018 was 56,560, 69% of the total England figure.

According to the Minister of Housing, Communities and Local Government report there were approximately “3.5 households living in temporary accommodation per 1,000 households at the end of June 2018” in England.

In response to the figures, Cllr Martin Tett, at the Local Government Association said:

“Many councils are struggling to cope with rising homelessness and to find suitable accommodation for those in need.

“The increasing use of temporary accommodation is not only financially unsustainable for councils but it is hugely disruptive for those families placed in such accommodation.

“Every instance of homelessness is an individual tragedy and councils are determined to prevent homelessness from happening in the first place and support families affected.

“Councils need to keep 100% of the receipts of any homes they sell to replace them and reinvest in building more of the genuinely affordable homes they desperately need and the ability to adapt welfare reforms to prevent people from losing their home where possible.”

The full report can be accessed here.

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