‘It is unacceptable that nearly 79,000 households across England are finding themselves homeless and with no choice but to live in temporary accommodation such as B&Bs and hostels.
Temporary accommodation is often cramped, unsuitable, and sometimes even dangerous. It can have a devastating impact on people’s lives and mental health, and it's no place for anyone to call home.’
The Government has since announced a £215m boost for council homelessness services, which include a £15m fund for London councils to support work to prevent and reduce homelessness.
Homelessness minister, Heather Wheeler, says:
‘This Government is determined to help the most vulnerable in our society and to break the homelessness cycle once and for all. That is why we’re investing over £1.2bn in tackling the issue and bringing in the most ambitious legislation in decades, that will mean people get the support they need earlier.
This latest funding gives councils the freedom to invest in homelessness services that work in their area, including support to prevent someone becoming homeless in the first place.’