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The ARCH annual report for 2015-16 is now available to view.

 

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Households in temporary accommodation up again 28/09/2017 Labelled as Tenants

Latest figures released by the Department of Communities & Local Government (DCLG) on 28 September show that 78,180 households were living in temporary accommodation on 30 June 2017 (these households included 120,170 children or expected children). This is up 7% on a year earlier, and up 63% on the low of 48,010 at 31 December 2010.

 

On a slightly more positive note, between 1 April and 30 June 2017 local authorities accepted 14,400 households as being statutorily homeless - i.e. households owed a statutory duty to secure accommodation as a result of being unintentionally homeless and deemed to be in priority need. This was down by 1% on the previous quarter and down 5% on the same quarter last year.

 

Local authorities also took action to prevent and relieve some 54,270 households between 1 April and 30 June 2017.

 

These figures come at a time when the media reported that Kensington & Chelsea Council had rehoused just 20 families made homeless as a result of the Grenfell Tower fire into permanent accommodation and some 180 households made homeless as a result of the fire still needed to be found permanent accommodation.  It is reported that to help speed up rehousing the council had bought about 120 homes since the fire on 14 June with another 40 in the process of acquisition. 

 

These latest figures show that across England only 75% of households left temporary accommodation less than a year after being accepted as homeless and the corresponding figure for London was significantly worse at only 40%.

 

Read the full Statistical Release.

 

Commenting on the latest homelessness figures, John Bibby, ARCH Chief Executive said: 


Much political & media focus has quite rightly been given to the need to quickly rehouse those households made homeless as a result of the tragic fire at Grenfell, but more must also be done to help the many thousands of other households who are homeless and living in temporary accommodation across England.  The Government could help by abandoning the idea of the High Value Asset Levy and sale of higher value council housing, reinstating the 10 year social rent policy introduced in 2014 and raising the Housing Revenue Account debt cap to enable stock-retained councils to build more social housing to help families in severe housing need.

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