Monday, 26 January 2015

Households in bed and breakfast up 29 per cent while temporary private lets drop

Homelessness rises 17 per cent

The number of homeless households has risen by 17 per cent in a year, new government figures have shown.

The figures for April to June 2011 showed the number of people accepted by councils as homeless and in a priority group rose from 10,100 in the second quarter of 2010 to 11,820 in the same period this year.

The figures grew 3 per cent between the first and second quarters of this year after seasonal adjustment.

The statistics, published today, showed the number of households placed in bed and breakfast accommodation by councils rose while the number in homes leased from private landlords by councils and housing associations for use as temporary accommodation fell.

There was a 12 per cent drop in the number of households in private accommodation leased by homeless landlords from 29,820 to 26,240 households between the second quarters of 2010 and 2011 whereas the numbers in bed and breakfast grew 29 per cent from 2,410 to 3,120 in the same period.

There were 190 households headed by 16- and 17-year-olds in bed and breakfast and 70 of them had been there for six weeks or more.

The number of families with children in bed and breakfast also grew 63 per cent from 740 to 1,210 in a year and 160 of them had been there for six weeks or more.

Government guidelines say families with children and 16-and 17-year-olds should not be put in bed and breakfast except in an emergency and then for no more than six weeks.

The number of households made homeless when their tenancy ended increased compared to the same quarter last year, from 1,460 to 2,130. There as a rise in number of households who lost their home due to mortgage arrears from 230 to 340 in the year. However the level of homelessness due to mortgage payment problems was 2 per cent, far lower than its 12 per cent peak in the 1991 downturn.

Jenny Edwards, chief executive of Homeless Link, which represents 500 homelessness charities, said: ‘The number of homeless people going to councils for help continues to rise. This news underlines the need for urgent action to address the chronic shortage of affordable housing in our cities and our countryside.

‘If we want a country where everyone has a roof over their head, we must make it a priority to build truly affordable homes.  More land needs to be allocated for the right type of housing, in the right locations. An efficient planning system is key, with a strong focus on delivering affordable housing.

‘The government’s proposal to reform local planning policy is an important milestone towards meeting this need for more homes.  This is not just about buildings, it about stopping the damage that homelessness causes to individual lives and communities.’


Readers' comments (7)

  • Rick Campbell


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  • Rick Campbell

    Apparently not those in the Houses of Pee who have more than one home (many paid for by the taxpayers).

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  • Chris

    Shapps said that he wanted to lower the homeless
    Pickles is committed to filling in pot holes

    Well I can see the link in their thinking if nobody else can.

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  • Chris Webb

    Government changes method for counting homeless saying that the problem was under-recorded - number of homeless counted rises - even Shapps could understand that one.

    Mind you, the lesser recordings showing that more people are suffering repossession and not being rehoused and the rapid rise in B&B does bring back memories of the worst aspects of previous Tory Governments - these were occurances the Minister also promised not to repeat.

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  • Melvin Bone

    The statistics used sounds like a real box of frogs. All over the place.

    B&B use up and homes leased from private landlords fell.

    Has this more to do with variations in government funding & recording of statistics than 'actual' homelessness?

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  • Chris

    Shapps claims this morning that despite this rise homelessness is at a record low - want to think through the mathematics of that one again Grant?

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  • McMadman

    So. When those on benefits have their benefits withdrawn for convictions (not leading to custody, so relatively minor ones), they will end up getting evicted. And if HB direct is removed, arrears will rise, so will homelessness.

    Sweepstake on the figures if these proposals go through ? At least a 50% increase in homelessness. Where will they all live ? In the shiny new "affordable" housing being built everywhere as we speak (yeah....right) ? One thing's for sure, not in most of London or the other major population centres if other HB reforms kick in.

    As the Kaiser Chiefs said 6 years ago..... "I predict a riot...."

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