UK Homelessness jumps by 14% in a year
The number of people officially classed as homeless in England has jumped by 14% – the biggest increase for nine years – as what charities have described as a "perfect storm" of rising repossession rates and unemployment drives thousands more families into temporary accommodation. Figures for Northern Ireland, Wales and Scotland have not been released but they are thought to be comparable.
The use of B&B accommodation to house homeless families is up 37% on the previous year as almost 50,000 households across England are accepted as homeless as repossession rates and unemployment rises.
Across England, 48,510 households were accepted as homeless by local authorities in 2011 up 40%, according to figures published by the Department for Communities and Local Government on Thursday.
The data shows 69,460 children or expected children are in homeless households, with three-quarters of the households accepted containing children.
The figures come days after official statistics showed the number of rough sleepers in England had gone up by one-fifth.
But the housing minister, Grant Shapps, said the figures were still half the average rate seen under Labour and blamed "the debt-laden economy we inherited [which] is leaving a legacy of hard-up households across the country".
He said the government had made an extra £70m available to councils in the past year to assist households facing the prospect of homelessness.
"These figures are a shocking reminder of the divide between the housing haves and have nots in this country," Campbell Robb, the chief executive of Shelter, said.
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