Homeless Households in Temporary Accomodation Rises

Wednesday 11 July, 2018 Written by  ARCH
Homeless Households in Temporary Accomodation Rises

Latest government figures show that the number of homeless households living in temporary accommodation has risen again.

On 31 March 2018 the number of households living in temporary accommodation was 79,880 - up 3% from 77,880 on 31 March 2017 and up by 66% on the 48,010 on 31 December 2010. The number of households in temporary accommodation included 123,130 children, or expected children.

13,300 households were accepted as being statutorily homeless in the quarter to 31 March 2018. This was down by 2% from 13,640 on the previous quarter and down 9% from 14,610 in the same quarter of 2017.

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The government says it is committed to increasing security for tenants in the private rented sector, while balancing landlords' needs to regain their properties when their circumstances change.

The government has now issued a consultation paper "Overcoming barriers to longer tenancies in the private rented sector" inviting views and comments on the benefits and barriers of landlords in the private rented sector offering longer tenancies. The government is also seeking views on a proposed model for a 3 year tenancy with a 6 month break clause, and the options for implementing this. The government says the model is designed to give tenants in the private rented sector certainty over rents, and retains the flexibility that many desire.

The consultation closes on 26 August 2018.

This consultation on options to increase security for tenants in the private rented sector comes at a time when councils and council tenants are still waiting to hear whether the government intends to press ahead with legislation introduced in the Housing and Planning Act 2016 to abolish secure lifetime tenancies and introduce mandatory fixed term tenancies for council tenants.

ABC Note: There are two main Council House Associations. ARCH is the association of Retained Council Housing and There are two main Council House Associations. and ALMOs - National Federation of ALMOs. In the United Kingdom, an arms-length management organisation (ALMO) is a not-for-profit company that provides housing services on behalf of a local authority.

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Image: Councils are coming up with a whole range of innovative solutions to the housing crisis.

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