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Six times more newly homeless families than new social houses, England data shows

Six times more newly homeless families than new social houses, England data shows

Six times more newly homeless families than new social houses, England data shows
Nov 30, 2023 49 secs

Newly homeless families now outnumber newly built social homes by six to one, according to official figures for England released on Thursday that expose the widening gap between increasing need and the availability of cheap homes.

There has also been a 10% annual increase in the number of households threatened with homelessness because landlords have served them with a no-fault eviction, which the government had pledged to ban.

And there has been a 19% annual rise in the number of households to which councils accept they owe a main homelessness duty.

Homelessness Link, which represents campaigning charities, called the data “shocking”, and added that one consequence was families living in damp and mould.

Last week, Sadiq Khan, mayor of London, announced a programme to help councils buy 10,000 existing private homes over the next decade to boost social housing stock, although that will not increase the overall supply.

This also includes our multi-billion-pound programme to build thousands of new affordable homes, with a large number for social rent.

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