Crisis Reveals Over 12,100 UK Households Are Living In Squats

Tony Gosling tony at
Fri Aug 11 00:38:18 BST 2017

Homeless Charity Crisis Reveals Over 12,100 UK Households Are Squatting 


Report Reveals Scale of Acute Homelessness in Britain

10 Aug 2017

Nearly 160,000 households, estimated at just 
under a quarter of a million people, are 
experiencing the worst forms of homelessness 
across Britain, with rough sleeping forecast to 
rise by 76 per cent in the next decade unless the 
governments in Westminster, Scotland and Wales 
take long-term action to tackle it.

This is 
to new expert analysis conducted for Crisis by 
Heriot-Watt University providing the most 
complete picture to-date of the worst forms of 
homelessness, including rough sleeping and sofa 
surfing, as well as 25-year forecasts for each 
category across England, Wales and Scotland.

You can 
or download the report here

Launched as part of Crisis’s 50th anniversary 
year and drawing on the most up-to-date sources 
available, the report estimates that at any one 
time in 2016 across Britain [breakdown also available by nation]:
    * 9,100 people were sleeping rough, compared 
to previous estimates placing rough sleeping at 4,134 households for England
    * 68,300 households* were sofa surfing
    * 19,300 households were living in unsuitable temporary accommodation
    * 37,200 households were living in hostels
    * 26,000 households were living in other circumstances, including:
        * 8,900 households sleeping in tents, cars or on public transport
        * 12,100 households living in squats
        * 5,000 households in women’s refuges or winter night shelters

Drawing on detailed economic modelling, the 
report warns that if current policies continue 
unchanged, the most acute forms of homelessness 
are likely to keep rising, with overall numbers 
estimated to increase by more than a quarter in 
the coming decade (26.5 per cent) and households 
in unsuitable temporary accommodation set to 
nearly double (93 per cent) 
appendix for graph].

The analysis also looks at how different policies 
could make an impact on this projected rise. 
Based on the model, a 60 per cent increase in new 
housing could reduce levels of homelessness by 19 
per cent by 2036, while increased prevention work 
could reduce levels by 34 per cent in the same period.

In response to the report’s findings, Crisis is 
calling on the public to join its 
In campaign – a national movement for permanent 
change aimed at ending the worst forms of homelessness once and for all.

Jon Sparkes, Chief Executive of Crisis, said: 
“This year Crisis marks its 50th anniversary, but 
that’s little cause for celebration. We still 
exist because homelessness still exists, and 
today’s report makes it only too clear that 
unless we take action as a society, the problem 
is only going to get worse with every year that 
passes. That means more people sleeping on our 
streets, in doorways or bus shelters, on the 
sofas of friends or family, or getting by in 
hostels and B&Bs. In order to tackle this, we 
need to first understand the scale of the problem.

“Regardless of what happens in people’s lives, 
whatever difficulties they face or choices they 
make, no one should ever have to face 
homelessness. With the right support at the right 
time, it doesn’t need to be inevitable. There are 
solutions, and we’re determined to find them and make them a reality.

“Yet we can’t do this alone, which is why we’re 
calling on the public to back our Everybody In 
campaign and help us build a movement for change. 
Together we can find the answers, and make sure those in power listen to them.”

“We warmly welcome the Government’s pledge to 
tackle rough sleeping and other forms of 
homelessness. Now’s the time for action and long 
term planning to end homelessness for good.”

Everybody In aims to bring people together to 
change opinions, raise awareness and ultimately 
end homelessness for good, and includes a library 
of first-hand accounts showing the reality of homelessness in Britain.

Alongside this, Crisis will be working towards a 
national plan to end the worst forms of 
homelessness once and for all, bringing together 
everything needed to make this happen, including 
consultations in all three nations and a large scale programme of research.

Today’s report is the first of two parts, with 
the second – due for publication in the Autumn – 
to examine ‘wider homelessness’, including people 
at risk of homelessness or those who have already 
experienced it, such as households that have been 
served an eviction notice and those in other forms of temporary accommodation.

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