Homeless households rise by 26%, says research
The number of households accepted as homeless in England has increase by 26 per cent in the past three years, according to data analyst company SSentif.
The research looked at Communities and Local Government figures that showed the number of homeless households went up from 40,020 in 2009/10 to 50,290 in 2011/12. This was a year-on-year increase of 14 per cent, the SSentif analysis shows.
It also highlighted massive increases in particular areas, such as a 152 per cent rise in Northampton from 276 homeless households in 2009/10 to 696 in 2011/12.
Waltham Forest in London also had a large jump in homeless households from 286 in 2009/10 to 600 in 2011/12 – a rise of 110 per cent.
Judy Aldred, managing director of SSentif, said: ‘Whilst these figures are perhaps not surprising given the state of the economy, some of the results for specific councils are quite shocking.
‘By analysing the data at council level we were able to highlight some areas that are showing much greater increases than the national average.’
The highest regional percentage increase for homeless households was for the east of England, where figures went up by 44 per cent, from 3,660 to 5,270.
Mike McCall, St Mungo’s executive director of operations, said: ‘More investment in housing, and a rethink on benefit cuts is vital.
‘In the short term, we need to protect funding for legal and housing advice services for people at risk of losing their homes, and avoid further closures of hostels and supported housing for the most vulnerable to move into as they try to rebuild their lives.”