Government figures show homelessness is rising

By staff writers
September 7, 2012

Figures released yesterday (6 September) show a nine per cent year on year increase in homeless acceptances between April to June 2012 since the same quarter last year.

The statistics, from the Department of Communities and Local Government, show that 12,860 applicants were accepted as owed a main homelessness duty between 1 April and 30 June 2012, nine per cent higher than during the same quarter of 2011. There was a seven per cent rise in households in temporary accomodation over the same period, the figure standing at 51,640 households on 30 June 2012.

Campbell Robb, chief executive of the housing and homeessness charity Selter said, "It’s extremely worrying to see homelessness remaining at such high levels. Despite a small decrease over recent months, today’s figures show that over 1,000 more households were accepted as homeless compared to the same time last year.

"As the impact of the recession continues to bite and with further cuts to the housing safety net due to hit next year, thousands more struggling families could be tipped into homelessness."


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