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More than 120,000 children trapped in temporary accommodation 'a national disgrace' says CIH


Commenting on the statutory homelessness figures for England for April to June, released today by the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government, Chartered Institute of Housing chief executive Terrie Alafat CBE said: “These figures reveal the stark reality of the homelessness crisis we are facing in this country – the fact that more than 120,000 children were living in temporary accommodation in June 2018 is quite simply a national disgrace.

“The number of households in temporary accommodation has increased by a staggering 71 per cent since the low of December 2010 – this is frankly unacceptable. That figure includes almost 7,000 households – including more than 2,500 families with children – being forced to live in bed and breakfast accommodation, which is highly unsuitable.

“It is still very early days for the Homelessness Reduction Act, which came into force in April, but it does appear to be having an impact, with local authorities providing help for more people through their new duties. It’s crucial that the government makes sure that councils have enough resources to deliver appropriate assistance effectively.

“Ultimately, if we really want to tackle this issue we need to start building many more of the right homes, in the right places, at the right prices. For many people on lower incomes, the only truly affordable option is social rent – but our research shows we have lost more than 150,000 of these kind of homes between 2012 and 2017. It is vital that the government supports councils and housing associations to build more homes for social rent.”

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