Mark Conrad 23 July 2018

Working homeless figures soar over five years

Working homeless figures soar over five years image

The number of families described as ‘working homeless’ has soared over the past five years, housing charity Shelter has warned.

Figures published by the charity and campaign group showed that more than half of families housed in temporary accommodation after being accepted as homeless by their local authority are in work.

Around 33,000 families are now defined as ‘working homeless’ – 55% of all families in temporary accommodation.

That compares with 19,000 families in 2013, the last time Shelter assessed the figures – an increase of 73%.

The fresh data was obtained through the Freedom of Information Act.

Shelter blamed the huge increase on high private sector rents, benefit cuts and caps, unstable tenancies and a shortage of social housing.

Chief executive of Shelter, Polly Neate, described the situation as ‘disgraceful’ and warned that even when families were working flat out many cannot afford high rents and find themselves in unsuitable temporary homes.

She added: ‘We cannot allow struggling families to slip through the cracks created by our housing crisis.

‘The Government must urgently come up with a new plan for social housing that delivers the genuinely affordable homes we desperately need.’

A Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government spokesman said: ‘Everyone deserves a safe and decent place to live, and we are providing more than £1.2bn so all those left homeless get the support they need.’

Open for business image

Open for business

Andrew Knowles and Leena Gillespie explain how local authorities can reshape the future of Britain’s challenged high street.
SIGN UP
For your free daily news bulletin
Highways jobs

Senior Structures Engineer

Kent County Council
£33,678 per annum
We are looking to recruit a Senior Structures Engineer to provide engineering support for maintenance of highway structures, liaising and... Kent
Recuriter: Kent County Council

Advanced Practitioner (Children's Senior Social Worker) Intervention & Planning Team

Barnet London Borough Council
£46,558.00 - £59,718.00 Per Annum
We want to work with Social Workers who are reflective, dynamic, proactive and resilient that are aspirational for our children and young people. Barnet (City/Town), London (Greater)
Recuriter: Barnet London Borough Council

Procurement Apprentice

The Royal Borough of Kensington & Chelsea Council
£20,180 per annum
You will learn about systems and requirements needed to support an effective procurement service, as well as working as an analyst on... Kensington and Chelsea, London (Greater)
Recuriter: The Royal Borough of Kensington & Chelsea Council

Senior Applications Analyst / Developer x 2

Essex County Council
£39168.0 - £48596 per annum
Technology Services (TS) deliver a wide range of business applications that are essential to the provision of services throughout the council. The App England, Essex, Chelmsford
Recuriter: Essex County Council

Lead Property Data Officer

Camden London Borough Council
£33,122 - £38,423
We’re looking for somoene who will have a good understanding of the current legislation and other requirements in a local authority setting... Camden, London (Greater)
Recuriter: Camden London Borough Council

Public Property

Latest issue - Public Property News

This issue of Public Property examines how how flexible workspaces can lead the way in regeneration for local authorities, Why local authority intervention is key to successful urban regeneration schemes and if the Government’s challenge of embracing beauty is an opportunity for communities.

The March issue also takes a closer look at Blackburn with Darwen Council's first digital health hub to help people gain control over health and care services.

Register for your free digital issue