New figures show 'the economic recovery is not being shared by all', says Homeless Link
Commenting on newly released Government statistics, Rick Henderson, Chief Executive of umbrella body Homeless Link, said:
“It is disappointing to see an increase in the number of households approaching their council for help with homelessness. We are concerned that the economic recovery is not being shared by all and leaving behind the most vulnerable, especially in light of figures last week showing a 16% rise in rough sleeping in London.
“Homelessness as a result of assured shorthold tenancies coming to an end has risen again, indicating that the private rented market continues to be unstable for those in greatest need. Too many households are also being placed in unsuitable temporary accommodation or moved to other areas as local authorities struggle to meet demand.
“Access to affordable accommodation is one of the main routes out of homelessness, yet this remains out of reach for many. The Government has a real opportunity to prevent further increases in homelessness, but only through the commitment and investment needed to ensure access to housing that is within the means of all people.”