Figures show that in the number of households including children that were accepted as homeless was up 12% in 2012.
The government have released figures that show there is a dramatic increase in 2012 in the number of families classed as homeless.
The figures show there was an increase of 10% in households accepted as homeless from the previous year, and 29% in the number of families living in B&Bs as temporary accommodation.
There was a 12% overall increase of household with children accepted as homeless, which is 34,080 households, and also an 11% increase of children living in temporary accommodation last year, which is 76,790 children.
Of the 53,130 households in temporary accommodation on 31 December 2012, 40,860 included dependent children and/or a pregnant woman. Only 4% of these are in B&Bs, the number of these who have been in B&Bs for longer than six weeks has increased by 92%.
In London, there is a 22% increase in homelessness, between October and December last year compared to the year before, and accounts for 31% of all of England’s homelessness.
Shelter’s Chief Executive Campbell Robb said:
This is yet more proof of how families across the country are being pushed to breaking point.
The crippling cost of housing, combined with rising prices, flatlining wages and cuts to housing support, is meaning many families are simply no longer able to hold on to the roof over their heads.
We are extremely worried that people already feeling the squeeze because of the recession and benefit reductions will increasingly struggle as further cuts to the housing safety net come in this April.
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