The latest Statistical Release from the Ministry of Housing,
Communities & Local Government (MHCLG) on local authority
activities carried out under their statutory homelessness duties
reveal that the number of homeless households, accepted as
statutorily homeless and placed in temporary accommodation at 31
March 2020 was up 9.4% from 31 March 2019 to 93,000.
63,610 of these households included dependent children with a
total of 129,380 dependent children living in temporary
accommodation at 31 March 2020.
25,540 of households placed in temporary accommodation at 31
March 2020 were housed in accommodation in a different local
authority district - 85.2% of these "out of district placements"
were from London authorities.
Although only 1 week into the Coronavirus lockdown announced on
23 March the increase may be linked to the Covid19 "everyone in"
scheme. The Eviction ban introduced by the Government and
recently extended is expected to have an impact on the number of
households becoming homeless during the lockdown period but as the
ban is lifted the numbers threatened with homelessness is expected
to increase significantly over the next 6 to 18 months.
Read the full MHCLG statistical