Thursday, September 08, 2011

UK Homelessness Increases 17% - In Just 12 Months ...

The Department for Communities and Local Government compared the number of homeless between April and June this year with the same period last year.

This showed local authorities had accepted 11,820 applicants this year - up 17% - as being homeless and eligible for the council housing waiting list. Housing Minister Grant Shapps said that despite the rise, homelessness was at a "historic" low level. He said the figures underlined how the effects of "the worst recession for a generation continue to deliver difficult times for households up and down the country".

"But anyone facing financial difficulty or the prospect of losing their own home is not alone. There is help available and everything will be done to help people avoid homelessness," he added.

But homeless charity Crisis cited new research, saying cuts in local government funding would only exacerbate the problem. Its chief executive, Leslie Morphy, said: "Today's official figures prove once again we now face a sustained increase in homelessness but, worryingly, this research predicts the worst is yet to come."

Campbell Robb, chief executive of Shelter, said: "This dramatic rise in homelessness indicates that the impact of unemployment, increasing living costs and stagnant wages is taking its toll, as more and more people struggle to hang on to their homes."

Full story from the BBC is here.