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Sharp rise in number of homeless households in England

By September 12, 2019National News

From the Guardian

The number of households considered homeless in England has risen by more than 3,000 over the course of six months, government statistics show.

Between January and March this year, 32,740 households were “initially assessed” as being homeless, up 11.2% from 29,430 in the previous quarter.

There were 70,430 households initially assessed as being either homeless or threatened with homelessness, a rise of 10.7% from 63,620 in October to December 2018, the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government reported.

On 31 March there were 84,740 households in temporary accommodation, up 1.4% from 83,610 on the same day last year.

The statistics are based on full or partial returns from 319 out of 326 local authorities. The ministry said it was working with councils to improve the quality of the data.

In November the charity Shelter said its research suggested at least 320,000 people were homeless in Britain.

The statistics used in this article were taken from the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government’s Statutory Homelessness, January to March(Q1) 2019:England

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