Youth homelessness figure eight times higher than Government admits, says charity

Exclusive: 136,000 young people aged between 16 and 24 in England and Wales sought emergency housing in the past year

The full extent of youth homelessness is more than eight times higher than the Government admits, according to a new report.

Some 136,000 young people aged between 16 and 24 in England and Wales sought emergency housing in the past year. The figure is based on an analysis by the Centrepoint charity of 275 Freedom of Information responses from local authorities. In stark contrast, only 16,000 young people were officially classed as “statutory homeless” – which would mean councils had a legal duty to house them – according to the report.

Worryingly, some 30,000 of those seeking help were turned away with little if any support. And as many as 90,000 were only offered support such as family mediation, to help them stay at home, or debt advice. This means the vast majority of those going for help are not getting the full assistance they’d be entitled to if they were officially accepted as being homeless.

“The most alarming aspect to these findings is that it is very likely they are a significant underestimate – many of the local authorities where youth homelessness is most prevalent did not respond to our Freedom of Information requests,” said Gaia Marcus, who runs Centrepoint’s youth homelessness databank.

read more here: http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/youth-homelessness-figure-eight-times-higher-than-government-admits-says-charity-a6689366.html

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One thought on “Youth homelessness figure eight times higher than Government admits, says charity

  1. these are the charities that depend on government income and therefor tow the party line in order to keep funding coming then and then recognize there’s a problem – oops!

    there were 90,000 young people homeless in london alone a few years back and things have not improved – but of course nowhere else is as important as london

    this is a national disgrace but don’t expect any change from the nazis or from the charities set up to ‘help’ – providing advice is not helpful when all you have to return to is a cold fucking pavement

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