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Latest homelessness figures 'deeply worrying'


The government's latest figures on homelessness highlight a 'deeply worrying' upward trend, says CIH chief executive Terrie Alafat.

Terrie Alafat CBE, chief executive of the Chartered Institute of Housing, said: “The government's latest homelessness figures highlight the continuation of a deeply worrying trend.

“The number of acceptances and households in temporary accommodation is up again and it is particularly concerning that those living in bed and breakfast accommodation for longer than the legal limit of six weeks went up 18 per cent in the last quarter alone. These are trends we cannot ignore.

“It is clear the commitment of local authorities to give homeless people the support they need has never diminished and it is encouraging to see the number of households local authorities took action to prevent from being homeless went up by 4 per cent compared to the last quarter.

“Though their commitment hasn’t waned it is clear local authorities don’t have the funding and resource they need to tackle homelessness.

“This is compounded by a shortage of affordable housing which the latest figures once again demonstrate is by far the most significant route out of homelessness for the majority of households.

“While the Homelessness Reduction Bill could be a crucial piece of legislation in our efforts to tackle homelessness, what these figures clearly demonstrate is that imposing a duty will only get us so far.

“What we desperately need is a long-term strategy which includes a commitment to give local authorities the support they need and recognises building more homes people can afford will be absolutely central to making sure homeless people get the help they need.”

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  • Very concerning that the government's target for people staying in temporary accommodation or B&Bs limit if 6 weeks is not only not being met but increasing. Worrying that there does not seem to be any joint working on building more affordable housing and with housing associations having to sell their housing stock the Poole of housing continues to reduce whilst the population increases

    Hargreaves, Sue

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