27 Sep 2022
The latest annual statutory homelessness statistical release from the Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities was published for England on 23 September 2022. This release is for the period 1 April 2021 and 31 March 2022 and shows several concerning trends.
Key findings include:
These statistics present a worrying picture. Combined with predictions in the same week from the latest Kerslake Commission report cautioning that the cost of living crisis could have a ‘catastrophic’ impact on homelessness without significant government action and the APPG on ending homelessness reporting that without further urgent and impactful action the government will not meet its manifesto commitment to end rough sleeping in England by 2024, the sector is right to be extremely concerned. Last week’s mini budget did not provide the targeted support needed to get people through this winter and avoid rapid increases in the number of people being homeless or faced with homelessness.
This statistical release identifies that the number of people threatened with homelessness is growing as is the number of people who are in work but facing homelessness, demonstrating how close people already are to being pushed to the financial cliff edge as the cost of living crisis begins to bite. A situation where over 900,000 families are facing homelessness (a sharp increase on last year's figures) is wholly unacceptable.
The huge rise in the number of private sector evictions leading to homelessness is very concerning. The government first outlined its plan to ban ‘no fault’ Section 21 evictions in 2019 and must bring through the full reforms outlined in the recent rental reform white paper in the current parliament.