A new government report has been snuck out showing that homelessness is rocketing.
According to recently released government figures, new homelessness cases have risen by a whopping 48 percent and families living in temporary homes is up a depressing 61 percent. Councils accepted 59,090 households as homeless and in 'priority' need of housing in 2016/17 - compared to 40,020 in 2009/10. And 1,290 families were recorded spending more than the six-week legal limit living in bed and breakfast accommodation.
These figures underline the steep rise in homelessness under the Conservative Government.
Tom Brake said:
“This is unacceptable. No one in our country should have to wonder where they will sleep at night.
“The Government must act fast to create more affordable housing. It is only by building more homes that we will solve this problem and protect our citizens from homelessness.”
Tim Farron MP, Leader of the Lib Dems said:
“In 2017 no-one should be homeless, living in a Bed and Breakfast or worrying whether they will have a roof over their head from one month to the next. This is a national scandal and the Government are doing nothing to tackle the problem.
“We need more houses built and they need to be the right kind of housies - social housing, truly affordable housing, and social rented properties.
“Britain is one of the richest places on earth, it is a stain on our nation’s conscience that thousands of people are still sleeping rough on the streets every night.”
Notes to editors:
The report Statutory homelessness and homelessness prevention and relief, England can be found here: https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/621039/Statutory_Homelessness_and_Prevention_and_Relief_Statistical_Release_January_to_March_2017.pdf