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Child homelessness in England at highest level since 2007

A total of 123,130 children were housed in temporary accommodation in England in the first quarter of 2018, an increase of nearly 80% since 2011. The number of people accepted as homeless over the age of 60 has increased by 40% in the last year, reaching 2,520. There has also been a significant rise in the number of homeless single parents.

 

The number of households living in temporary accommodation in England reached 79,800 in the first three months of 2018, up 56% from 2010. Households headed by a single parent account for just under a quarter of all families in England but make up 56% of families in temporary accommodation.

Rough sleeping in England increased for a seventh consecutive year in 2017, reaching 4,751 people, although the true figure is believed to be much higher. Rough sleepers in London accounted for almost a quarter of the national figure last year, but substantial rises were recorded in Greater Manchester, Oxford, Swindon, Hastings and Peterborough.

Campaigners have blamed government welfare cuts, lack of affordable housing and rising rents for the growing number of homeless people housed in temporary accommodation by the state.

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