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Homeless households in temporary accommodation increase again 21/12/2016

Latest figures on homelessness in England for the quarter period July to September 2016 reveal that the total number of households in temporary accommodation:


  • on 30 September 2016 was 74,630, an increase from the figure of 73,120 at 30 June
  • this is also up 9% on the same quarter last year and by a massive 55% on the low of 48,010 on 31 December 2010.


14,930 households were accepted as homeless between 1 July and 30 September 2016 - down by 1% over the previous quarter figure but 2% up on the same quarter in the previous year.


In addition, local authorities took action to prevent a further 52,920 households becoming homeless in the quarter - up by over 2,000 from the figure of 50,990 in the previous quarter and up 3% on the figure of 51,300 in the same quarter of 2015. 


ARCH CEO John Bibby comments:


"These latest figures show that the number of households living in temporary accommodation continues to rise. 


"Council's already help prevent significant numbers of households from becoming homeless and the Homeless Reduction Bill currently being debated in Parliament may help further reduce the need for councils to secure accommodation for those who are faced with homelessness - providing local authorities are given the resources needed. 


"However, the underlying problem is the lack of secure affordable accommodation to rent and the concern remains that stock retained councils have fewer and fewer of their own social rented properties becoming available to let each year and at some point from April 2018 will also face the prospect of having to sell vacant council housing to fund payments to Government under the Housing and Planning Act to reimburse housing associations for Right to Buy (RTB) discounts.


"The number of households living in temporary accommodation (and the cost to the council general fund and council tax payer) will continue to rise unless councils are able to build more social rented housing to help those most in need. With councils effectively subsidising housing associations in reimbursing RTB discounts there is also a strong case for imposing a statutory duty to co-operate on housing associations requiring them to assist councils in securing accommodation for those households that have become homeless through no fault of their own."

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