Shelter launches new appeal as housing crisis grows
A new family becomes homeless every ten minutes, according to new research from Shelter, meaning that 120,000 children will wake up homeless or in temporary accommodation this Christmas.
The new analysis of government figures shows the highest level of child homelessness recorded since 2007, and indicates that the number of families living in emergency B&B and hostel rooms has risen by 18 per cent in just a year.
Shelter suggests that the crisis is escalating because local councils are battling to find stable or affordable accommodation for homeless families, and must send them to B&Bs instead.
John Healey MP, Labour’s Shadow Secretary of State for Housing, pointed the finger of blame directly at the Tories, commenting:
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“Tory Ministers should hang their heads in shame over these shocking figures showing over 120,000 children are facing homelessness this Christmas. These are the children that can’t go home and after six years Conservative Ministers can’t dodge their responsibility for this scandal.
Six years of failure on housing has led directly to today’s rapidly rising homelessness. Since 2010, Ministers have ended funding for genuinely affordable social rented housing, cut housing benefit for families on low incomes, done nothing about rising costs and insecurity for private renters, and slashed funding for homelessness services by almost a half.”