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Rise in homelessness has ‘become predictable’ - response to latest figures


Latest homelessness figures show increase in the number of homeless households and a 9 per cent climb in the number of households living in temporary accommodation last quarter, compared to the same period in 2015.

Terrie Alafat, chief executive of the Chartered Institute of Housing, said: “The most worrying thing is that an increase in the levels of homelessness has become predictable.

“Yet again the number of homeless households has increased and there was a 9 per cent climb in the number of households living in temporary accommodation last quarter, when compared to the same period in 2015. This is a rising trend that shows no sign of reversing.

“Some positive moves were made in the Autumn Statement to address rough sleeping and tackle the shortage of affordable housing which remains one of the root causes of homelessness. And the Homelessness Reduction Bill’s progress through parliament also offers hope for the future.

“But it is clear we still need a much more joined up, strategic effort from government to tackle what has now become a seemingly inevitable quarterly increase in homelessness levels in the UK.

“No one should be without a home at Christmas but homelessness is a problem all year round and one the government must make a top priority.”

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