Homelessness charity bosses have pleaded for a social house-building revolution to prevent long-term homelessness after new statistics showed 95,000 households were stuck in temporary accommodation during the latest lockdown.
The number of people living in hotels, B&Bs and other stopgap accommodation increased by a quarter between January and March this year, new statutory homelessness figures for England revealed, as councils continued to protect rough sleepers through the Everyone In scheme.
While the number of children living in temporary accommodation fell six per cent since March 2020, 119,830 kids were still living in makeshift homes at the end of March 2021.
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The statistics prove that UK government calls for councils to “redouble efforts” to protect rough sleepers in January was justified, said Crisis chief executive Jon Sparkes. But a longer term homelessness strategy, including funding the Housing First model and more affordable homes, is needed.
“We must remember that living in a cramped B&B is only meant to be temporary and until people are helped into a home of their own, we’ve not finished the job,” said Sparkes.