How private sector evictions are driving homelessness. AST stands for Assured Shorthold Tenancy. Graph from Crisis.
Figures showing that statutory homelessness has soared in England by 27% since this government weren’t elected do not even scratch the surface of the desperate homelessness epidemic.
53,250 families were accepted as homeless in 2014, up from 41,780 five years earlier and the latest official homlessness statistics uncover some starks facts. There are now twice the number of families living in B&Bs than in 2010 and the number who have been there over six weeks has leapt by an appalling 500%. This is a practice which had almost died out, but as demand for temporary housing has risen over the the last five years there are no longer enough hostels, refuges and other forms of emergency accommodation for the growing numbers of homeless families.
These statistics come after last month’s rough sleeping estimate
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