The DCLG has published the latest figures on homelessness in
England for the 3rd Quarter 2015. The number of households accepted
as homeless and the number of households living in temporary
accommodation has increased compared to the same quarter last
Over 14,500 households were accepted as homeless between 1 July
and 30 September. This is an increase of 820 over the previous
quarter figure and 4% up on the same quarter last year.
The total number of households living in temporary accommodation
awaiting the offer of settled accommodation on 30 September 2015
was 68,560, up from 66,980 on 30 June 2015 and 13% higher than the
same date in 2014.
ARCH CEO, John Bibby, commented: "With stock retained
councils facing the prospect of having to sell vacant council
housing to fund payments to the government under the Housing and
Planning Bill to reimburse housing associations for Right to Buy
discounts, the concern is that the number of households living in
temporary accommodation (and the cost to the council general fund
and council tax payer) will continue to grow".
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