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Lib Dems: Tories' failure on child homelessness is shameful

December 3, 2019 8:00 AM

Council HousingResponding to the report released today by Shelter that 135,000 children in Britain are homeless and living in temporary accommodation, which is the highest number in 12 years, Liberal Democrat Spokesperson for Housing, Tim Farron said:

"No child should suffer the trauma of being made homeless, yet a lack of social housing and cuts to benefits are forcing hundreds of families out on the streets every week.

"This is just another shameful example of the Conservative's failure to provide a safety net for those in need, and the fact that some of the wealthiest areas in our country are hosting the highest number of homeless children also demonstrates how inequality has flourished under their leadership.

"The Lib Dems have outlined a plan for a better future, which ensures that everyone has a decent home and includes a commitment to building 100,000 new social homes. The other parties pay lip service to this goal, but only the Liberal Democrats have the clear and credible policies to actually achieve it."

Shelter's press release included the following figures.

Table 1: Children that are homeless and in temporary accommodation

No. of children in temporary accom. as at 31st March 2019

Total no. of children in population

Rate of homeless children (1 in x children)

Q1 2014 Children in Temporary Accom.

% change in no. of homeless children in TA since Q1 2014

No. of families with children in emergency accom. (B&Bs or hostels)

% change in families with children in emergency accom. (B&Bs or hostels) since Q1 2014 [care some low bases]

Regions of England

North East

200

559,337

2,797

149

34%

20

233%

North West

4,150

1,635,755

394

855

385%

290

339%

Yorkshire and The Humber

810

1,228,064

1,516

566

43%

70

400%

East Midlands

2,320

1,051,564

453

771

201%

280

90%

West Midlands

7,370

1,362,003

185

2,157

242%

670

232%

East of England

8,400

1,404,273

167

3,063

174%

710

59%

London

88,080

2,116,986

24

66,260

33%

2,800

8%

South East

11,680

2,062,449

177

5,992

95%

460

-18%

South West

3,020

1,164,423

386

1,943

55%

190

57%

Countries

England

126,020

12,584,854

100

83,370

51%

5,470

11%

Scotland

6,795

1,086,721

160

4,155

64%

60

-14%

Wales (As at Q2 2019, compared to Q2 2015)

1,614

665,265

412

1,263

28%

153

46%

Great Britain

134,429

14,336,840

107

88,788

51%

5,683

11%

Table 2: Families and children becoming homeless 2018/19

Number of households with dependent children that became homeless, 2018/19 financial year (owed a relief duty)

Number of households with dependent children that became homeless per day (owed a relief duty)

A household with dependent children becomes homeless every x minutes (owed a relief duty)

Estimated number of children that became homeless, 2018/19 financial year (owed a relief duty)

Estimated number of children becoming homeless per day (owed a relief duty)

A child becomes homeless every x minutes (estimated, owed a relief duty)

Regions of England

North East

940

3

559

1,589

4

331

North West

3,860

11

136

6,523

18

81

Yorkshire and The Humber

2,210

6

238

3,735

10

141

East Midlands

2,520

7

209

4,259

12

123

West Midlands

2,920

8

180

4,935

14

107

East of England

3,340

9

157

5,645

15

93

London

6,370

17

83

10,765

29

49

South East

4,360

12

121

7,368

20

71

South West

2,170

6

242

3,667

10

143

Countries

England

28,580

78

18

48,300

132

11

Scotland

8,304

23

63

14,043

38

37

Wales

2,664

7

197

4,502

12

117

Great Britain

39,548

108

13

66,836

183

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· The total number of children that are homeless and living in Temporary Accommodation is calculated by adding the latest relevant figures from the official homelessness statistics of England, Scotland and Wales. Wales is estimated by using a multiplier of 1.75 children per family with children in temporary accommodation, which is based on average family size in Wales according to the 2011 Census. This number stood at over 134,000 in early 2019 and as trends are upward in all three countries, will almost certainly have reached at least 135,000 now (3rd December).

· Rates of homeless children are calculated by comparing the number of children that are homeless and living in temporary accommodation with the number of people aged 0-18 in the corresponding area, from the ONS 2018 mid-year population estimates by single age.