Acceptance for homeless households increase by 5%

  • The number of appilcants that have been accepted as homeless in this years second quarter was up by 5% on the same period as last year. Out On The Streets...

    13,460 households were accepted as owed a main homelessness duty between April and June this year.

    The figures from the Department for Communities and Local Government also revealed that 56,210 households were in temporary accommodation on 30 June this year which is 9% higher than the same date last year.

    A total of 28,240 household were presented as homeless to local authorities in Q2. Of these 48% were accepted as homeless.

    In London, the number of households accepted as being owed a main homelessness duty was 4,230, which was an increase of 26% and accounted for 31% of the total.

    According to the DLG, the main reason for the drastic rise in the capital was the ending of an assured shorthold tenancy, which was he cause in 34% of cases.

    The London Assembly's Green Party members have hit out at Mayor Boris Johsnon in the light of these figures.

    Darren Johnson AM said: "The Mayor has failed to recognise that private rented housing is simply too expensive and insecure in London, made worse by benefit cuts. The tragic consequence is that councils struggle to help people into a stable home, and they end up living in sheds, sleeping on friends' sofas or stuck in B&Bs.

    "The Mayor's aims of halving the number of people who are homeless and of ending rough sleeping are distant dreams if things continue in this direction. Nothing less than a radical change to private rented housing will do."

    Source: 24Dash

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