Homeless families in Bristol continues to rise

  • Bristol City Council has found that the number of homeless families in the city has trebled in the past year.

    It has been revealed that 140 families have been place in emergency accommodation this year, which costs £3.2m, however last year the figure was 40, reports the BBC. risinghouse.jpg

    "Shortages in affordable housing, rising rents in the private rental market and welfare reform", have been to blame.

    The Department for Work and Pensions said it was "completely misleading" to blame homelessness on welfare reform.

    Labour councillor Naomi Rylatt said: "There's a fight for the property we have in Bristol. So rents for the private rental go up and people who are in long-term permanent work then can't afford the rent they're being charged. They then find themselves homeless."

    The council report said: "Factors including the shortage of affordable housing in Bristol, rising rents in the private rental market and welfare reform have led to a significant increase in the amount of accommodation that is 'spot purchased' to meet our statutory duties to house people on an emergency basis."

    A Department for Work and Pensions spokesman said: "There are many reasons for homelessness and to suggest that they are due to welfare reform is completely misleading. We provided almost £500m to local councils to support people transitioning to our reforms and have already seen those affected by them take action by moving into work or downsizing."

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