All the stats - Homelessness in England rises 54% since 2010

Tony Gosling tony at
Thu Aug 11 14:00:33 BST 2016

Homelessness in England rises 54% since 2010

Former shadow housing minister says housing crisis had role in Brexit
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Homelessness has increased for the sixth consecutive year Getty Images

among English households has risen 54 per cent 
since 2010, according to government figures.

A report, 
by the Department for Communities and Local 
Government, reveals there were 57,750 acceptances 
in financial year 2015-16 – a rise from 54,430 (6 per cent) from 2014-15.

This represents the sixth consecutive annual 
rise, with households becoming homeless in London 
increasing to 17,530 (9 per cent) in the last 
year alone and 58,000 households across the whole of England.


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Campbell Robb, Shelter’s chief executive, called the statistics “shocking”.

He said in a statement: “Sky high housing costs 
mean that every day at Shelter we hear from 
families struggling to keep their heads above 
water, knowing that just a small change in income 
could send them spiralling towards homelessness.

“We’re here to help people when the worst 
happens, but we can’t do this alone. Sadly, it is 
those already living on a financial knife-edge 
who suffer the most when the country hits 
uncertain times, so it’s vital the government 
makes sure families can get the support they need 
to keep a roof over their heads.”

John Healey, former Shadow Secretary of State for 
Housing and Planning, underlined the role of the 
housing crisis in the UK's vote to leave the EU.

He told The Independent: “The gap between haves 
and have-nots was the breeding ground for Brexit, 
and these new figures today show that the number 
of homeless households has risen by an astonishing 54% since 2010.

“If Conservative leadership candidates want to 
prove their one nation credentials, they can 
start by making clear that homelessness hostels 
and other supported accommodation will be 
excluded from George Osborne’s crude housing 
benefit cuts, which are set to make the scandal 
of high homelessness worse by bankrupting 
thousands of hostels across the country.”

Temporary accommodation also came under further 
strain, with the number of households forced into 
uncertain living conditions rising to 71,540, or 
a 49 per cent increase since 2010. At the same 
time, the number of preventative measures taken 
by local authorities dropped by 6,900 in the last year.

Jon Sparkes, chief executive of Crisis, warned a 
reduced level of prevention could have long term consequences.

He added: “We are also concerned by the fall in 
the number of people prevented from becoming 
homeless in the first place. These trends should 
be going in the opposite direction.

“Prevention is always better than cure, and for 
homeless people this is especially so. It has 
already been shown to work in Wales, where it has 
dramatically reduced the need for people to be re-housed.

“According to the latest figures, where councils 
intervened to prevent people from becoming 
homeless in the first place, they were successful in two thirds of cases.”

Bob Blackman, a backbench Conservative MP, tabled 
the Homelessness Reduction Bill on Wednesday. If 
passed, it will force councils to clearly 
demonstrate they have offered meaningful advice, 
and may also introduce a 56-day period before someone is made homeless.

Dominic Williamson, St Mungo’s Executive Director 
of Strategy and Policy, said it was “a momentous 
opportunity” to improve the current legislation.

Earlier this year, it was revealed 
sleeping on London’s night buses has increased 
121 per cent in the past four years.

A person is defined as "statutorily homeless" by 
the government if they no longer have a legal 
right to occupy their accommodation, or if, for 
example, they are at risk of violence.
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