Temporary accommodation is no way to solve homelessness

As of September 2020, 120,570 children were living in temporary accommodation. For the past 10 years, the numbers have been steadily increasing, a situation that the pandemic has only worsened.

Around ¾ of the money that local authorities spend on homlessness goes on renting temporary accommodation, but it is very hard to assess whether this provides value for money. We know, for example, that Much of this expenditure goes to private landlords who provide their accommodation to local authorities on a nightly basis, a “market” that has increased in value considerably.

The Government should learn from the successes of Labour who preceded over a halving of the number of households living in temporary accommodation between 2005 and 2010.

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