Figures reveal 12% rise in homelessness


Nearly 100,000 children in England are living in temporary accommodation after being made homeless, new Government figures reveal. The number of individuals or families living in temporary accommodation has risen to 66,980, an increase of 12% in the last year.

Simon Hopkins, Turn2us Chief Executive, commented: “The issues surrounding homelessness are complex, but it should have no place in our society. The figures in this report are concerning and should contribute to the broader debate of how we can provide a safety net for the most vulnerable. 

There are no easy solutions, but that shouldn't deter Government, local authorities and charities from treating this unacceptable blight on our society with the urgency that it so evidently requires. Longer term policies such as increasing affordable housing stock are clearly part of the solution, but something needs to be done now. 

I'd also urge anyone concerned that they, or someone they know, could be at risk of homelessness to visit to find out what financial support is available in the form of welfare benefits and charitable grants.”

Published September 25 2015