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Last update: Saturday 16th December
 
Government welfare reforms have contributed to a steep rise in rough-sleepers, long-term homelessness, and families living in temporary accommodation, the National Audit Office (NAO) has said. Its latest report on homelessness, published on Wednesday, states that the number of households living in temporary accommodation in England has increased by 60 per cent – to 77,240 – in the six years since March 2011. These households now contained 120,540 children: an increase of 73 per cent in the same period.
HousingChurch Times – 15th September 2017
 
The study Homelessness Projections: Core homelessness in Great Britain, by Professor Glen Bramley of Heriot-Watt University, for the charity Crisis, predicts that homelessness will rise by more than a quarter over the next ten years. The number of rough sleepers will rise by 76 per cent, it says, from 9,100 to 16,000, and to 40,100 by 2041. The report – based on panel surveys, statutory statistics, and academic studies – says that, at any one time across Britain in 2016 160,000 households were experiencing “core homelessness”, comprising “sofa surfing” (68,300), staying in hostels, shelters and refuges (42,200), being placed in unsuitable temporary accommodation (19,300), rough sleeping, staying in a car or tent, and squatting. The scale of core homelessness had increased in Britain by 33 per cent since 2011, with much of the increase coming from the use of “unsuitable” temporary accommodation.
HousingChurch Times – August 2017
 
More than a million private renters currently have to claim housing benefits to help cover the cost of their rent. Many of them are already in work, but owing to high rents and slow wage-growth, they cannot meet the cost of even the cheapest homes without additional support.
HousingChurch Times - June 30 2017
 
More than a million households in Britain are at the risk of becoming homeless by 2020, owing to the benefit freeze and the escalating cost of rents in the private sector, a report from Shelter suggests.
HousingChurch Times - June 30 2017
 
House prices have ‘stagnated’ as a Brexit squeeze on household finances and a slower pace of job creation continue to dampen demand. The Halifax house price index showed house prices between February and April were 0.2 per cent lower than in the previous three months, the first quarterly fall since November 2012. Halifax added house prices fell by 0.1 per cent between March and April and there has been ‘virtually no change’ in prices over the last three months.
HousingThe Sentinel - May 9th 2017
 
A report published by the Department of Communities and Local Government estimated there were 3,569 rough sleepers in England in the Autumn of last year. This figure, while likely to be lower than the real number of rough sleepers, is still a 30 per cent increase on the number of recorded rough sleepers in Autumn 2014, and almost twice the 1,768 recorded in 2010.
HousingThe Sentinel - March 22nd 2016
 
An Ipsos MORI Scotland for Shelter Scotland shows that 90 per cent of people in Scotland think that the children of today will find it harder to buy or rent a home than the generation before them.
HousingEkklesia Daily Bulletin - 14th March 2016
 
Council tenants will no longer be assured of a home for life if a change in the law is pushed through Parliament. The Government wants to restrict the secure tenancies offered by local authorities to five years, with no automatic renewal when they expire. Councils have already been given the power to introduce their own limits to secure tenancies, but the new law will abolish lifetime tenancies altogether.
HousingThe Sentinel - 6th January 2016
 
The price of the average UK home will rise by 50% in the next ten years, it is claimed. The forecast by the National Association of Estate Agents and the Association Residential Letting Agents says that average prices will rise from £280,000 to £419,000 by 2025.
HousingThe Sentinel - 18th December 2015
 
Housing experts today condemned Government plans to cap benefits for people living in supported and sheltered schemes. Announced in Chancellor George Osborne’s Spending Review, the changes to the local housing allowance (LHA) could mean vulnerable people are at risk of losing out in their weekly benefits. This would leave many specialist housing schemes, supplied by social housing groups such as the Aspire Group and Sanctuary, unviable and at risk of closure.
HousingThe Sentinel - 26th January 2016
 
Nearly 100,000 children in England are living in temporary accommodation after being made homeless. Charities blamed housing benefit failing to keep pace with rent rises.
HousingThe Sentinel - September 25th 2015
 
New research has found that more than one in four adults in Scotland who are responsible for paying rent or a mortgage are worried about covering the cost of their housing in 2016.
HousingEkklesia Weekly Digest - 7th January 2016
 
Vulnerable teenagers are frequently being evicted from local authority housing provided for them, a Children’s Society report reveals. The report states that 1,000 vulnerable teenagers across the country are being evicted from accommodation provided by their local authorities or made to leave at short notice every year.
HousingYouthwork - November 2015
 
Research from Centrepoint has revealed that 18 per cent of young people aged 16 to 25 have slept rough in the last year. The survey of 2,000 young people showed that close to one in five young people had slept in cars, on night buses or on the street. Of this 18 per cent, two in five had done so for just one night. Centrepoint also said that the number of young people sleeping rough in London has doubled since 2011.
HousingYouthwork - January 2015
 
House prices have reached a new all-time high of £186,512 on average after leaping by 11.1 per cent in 12 months, figures from building society Nationwide show. The new peak seen in May surpasses a previous record set in October 2007, before the financial downturn took hold, when property values reached £186,044 across the UK. The latest increase in house prices marks the strongest annual growth since June 2007. The figures sparked more speculation further steps could be taken to rein in the housing market.
HousingThe Sentinel, June 4, 2014
 
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