Homelessness in Britain up by 65 percent
London, Dec. 15, 2017 (AltAfrika)- Homelessness in Britain has reach an alarming proportion.
The latest figure by government showed the problem has rocketed by 65 percent in the last seven years
Almost 80,000 families, couples and single people have been housed in temporary accommodation as they have no where else to live.
The rise from 48, 010 in December 2010 was described as nothing short of a tragedy by charity crisis.
The figure, according to Metro Newspaper is likely to be considerately higher as the official figures do not include an army of rough sleepers and “sofa surfers” relying on the kindness of friends and family
The Chief Executive Officer of Crisis, the agency in charge , John Sparkes said “our continued decline in housing, welfare cuts and rising private rents are pushing and more people into homelessness and unsuitable temporary accommodation. The government must act now this trend”
The number of households living in temporary accommodation was 79,190 in September, the Department for Communities and Local Government figures show.
Some 61,090 of them included children and/or pregnant women with a total of 121,000 youngsters affects.
A national survey last year found there were more than 4000 rough sleepers in England although charities believe that figure is an underestimate