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79,190 households in temporary accommodation 04/01/2018 Labelled as Legislation

Latest figures from DCLG show that there were 79,190 households living in temporary accommodation at 30 September 2017 - up 6% from the figure of 74,750 at 30 September 2016 and up by a massive 65% on the 48,010 living in temporary accommodation on 31 December 2010.


Of the 79,190 households in temporary accommodation on 30 September 2017, 61,090 included dependent children and/or a pregnant woman within which there were 121,360 children or expected children.


Between 1 July and 30 September 2017 councils accepted 15,290 households as being Statutorily Homeless - up 6% on the previous quarter and up 2% from the same quarter in the previous year.


Councils took action to prevent and relieve homelessness for 52,190 households between in the quarter ending 30 September 2017.


The latest figures come as the government's approach to homelessness was branded "unacceptably complacent" by the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) in a highly critical report published on 20 December 2017.


The PAC said the extent of homelessness across England was a national crisis and called on the government to publish a cross-department strategy to reduce homelessness that sets out clear targets by June next year.


The cross-party committee of MPs said the Department for Communities and Local Government's (DCLG) "limited action" has "lacked the urgency that is so badly needed and its 'light touch' approach to working with the local authorities has clearly failed".


The PAC said the DCLG is placing "great reliance" on the Homelessness Reduction Act, which comes into force in April next year, to provide the solution to homelessness and while this legislation "will no doubt help", it cannot be successful unless the government also increases housing supply and makes homes more affordable.


However the Communities & Local Government Select Committee have asked the Government for more information on how it has estimated the costs and savings it expects to arise from implementation of the Homelessness Reduction Act.

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