Homeless Crisis in Britain
Posted on 7th February 2020 at 13:19
400,000 People Are Homeless Or At Risk of Being Homeless
BBC researchers estimate that 400,000 people in the UK are either homeless or hidden homeless. The "hidden homeless" are people living in shelters, temporary accommodation or sofa surfing. This is a huge figure that continues to rise.
More than 10,000 people in emergency accommodation
If the council has decided someone meets the criteria for longer term housing, they might be given ‘temporary accommodation’ until the council can find them a longer term home.
As of March 2019, 84,740 households are stuck in temporary accommodation. This is up more than 75% since December 2010.
These statistics show how quickly these things become normalised. The amount of people living in emergency accommodation has now lost its shock value.
According to the last Shelter report, 726 people died homeless in England and Wales in 2018. This was up 22% on the previous year. This is the highest year to year rise since this data began being collected.
The frequency at which homeless people are dying has risen slightly, despite increased awareness of the issue.
The government’s Homelessness Reduction Act came into force in May 2017. The aim is to force local authorities to take steps to prevent households at risk from falling into homelessness. It has also aims to eliminate rough sleeping by 2027.
Campaigners have identified reasons for these rising rates. These include a reduction of funding for homeless services. As well as cuts to housing benefit and a shortage of affordable homes.
This demand means there is continual pressure on local councils. This is why we are working alongside them to provide temporary accommodation to those that need it.
The housing stock shortage is an epidemic. We're consistently working on bringing affordable and sustainable ‘fit for purpose’ housing stock to the market.
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