The number of these families living in B&Bs – which usually just means one room, often with shared facilities – has leapt by a shocking 35% compared to a year earlier. 990 of these families had been living in this kind of accommodation for over six weeks, over double the number from the same period last year.
Every measure of homelessness has risen according to the latest statistics, with 13,520 households accepted as homeless by Local Authorities between January and March 2015, a jump of 8% on a year earler.
The main reason for families becoming homeless was the loss of an assured tenancy with a private sector landlord. Soaring rents, stagnant wages and shrinking benefits – combined with a barely regulated private rental…
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