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May 2017

Problems of Homelessness and Affordability

The Commons Select Committee published the “Housing: State of Nation” Report, which states that the number of homes in England has lagged behind demand for housing for decades. The report not only raises the growing barriers people are facing in getting on the property ladder and paying rent, but also the real human harm of those in unsuitable accommodation. It is estimated that there has been a rise from 50,000 (2011 – 2012) to 120,000 (2015-2016) of those families living in temporary accommodation.

The report also refers to the Department for Communities and Local Government ambition to deliver 1 million new homes over the five years of this Parliament. However, even if this is achieved,

“the Department acknowledges that it will not come close to meeting the actual level of housing need, so problems of affordability and homelessness are likely to persist for years to come The Department’s lack of ambition on such a fundamental issue is matched by a lack of information, in particular on the impacts and value for money of the roughly £21 billion the government spends each year on housing benefit.”

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