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Sharp increase in homelessness

Whilst the homelessness in England increased to some 50,290 families and individuals in 2011/12 from 40,020 in 2009/10, the spending on tackling homelessness had fallen from £213.7m to £199.8m over that period, according to SSentif.

Whilst the homelessness in England increased to some 50,290 families and individuals in 2011/12 from 40,020 in 2009/10, the spending on tackling homelessness had fallen from £213.7m to £199.8m over that period, according to SSentif.

The situation in some specific councils had been "quite shocking" informs the SSentif. For example, in Birmingham, where homelessness increased 25% from 2009-10 to 2010-11, spend dropped from £7.8m to £5.5mn (29%).

London boroughs Croydon, Lambeth, Waltham Forest, Hounslow and Kensington and Chelsea, as well as Northampton and Leeds, were also among the areas with the highest increases in homeless households.

Local housing authorities have a legal duty to provide emergency accommodation for "priority need" groups left without a home.

They include households with dependent children, pregnant women, vulnerable people with a mental illness or physical disability, victims of domestic violence and people left without homes due to a disaster such as fire or flooding.

To help bring homelessness down and get the economy moving, the Government should use funds raised from a tax on bank bonuses to build thousands of affordable homes.

   

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