The Chancellor’s decision came in the same week that Crisis released a report warning that street homelessness has risen by a shocking 23% in just one year. Every other measure of homelessness has also soared recently with the numbers of homeless families in temporary accommodation up by 44%
These steep rises in numbers of those without a home have come before the impact of coalition cuts to Housing Benefits have largely been felt.
There will be a considerable lag before people made homeless end up either on the streets or presenting as homeless with local councils. Many local authorities will not even accept a homelessness application until someone has been formally evicted from their home. This…
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