Boroughs have warned that homelessness in London would reach unprecedented proportions by Christmas. The “most acute homelessness problem” in the country, according to London councils, and a “triple whammy” of the government withdrawing the eviction restriction, Covid emergency money, and the furlough plan in the coming months could push thousands more families into temporary local authority-funded housing.
According to municipalities homelessness in London will reach an all-time high by Christmas
According to figures issued by the cross-party group, there are currently 165,000 Londoners living in temporary housing, which is more than the total population of cities like Norwich or Oxford, and more than double the number from ten years ago. A total of 90,000 people are children. Last year, boroughs spent more than £1.2 billion on the homelessness crisis, and they are calling on the government to invest more in services this year. “There’s a very real risk of London’s homelessness situation getting even worse,” said Darren Rodwell, executive member for housing at London Councils. We should expect a triple whammy in the coming months, with continued employment losses in the capital, the impending relaxation of the evictions restriction, and uncertainty over future funding levels for local homelessness services. Boroughs are doing everything they can to combat homelessness in the capital, but reversing these dismal trends would need the government to reassess its welfare policies and increase long-term financing for local services.”
Homelessness in London peaked in 2005, when 63,800 households were living in temporary housing. There are currently 60,680 households and 3,600 rough sleepers in emergency housing as a result of the epidemic. Almost a quarter of a million London households are also on the waiting list for a council home. London councils claimed they would be in a much “stronger financial position to invest in new social homes” if the government confirmed social rent levels for the next ten years and lifted restrictions on how town halls might utilise Right to Buy sales receipts. The government is providing £203 million to councils around the country through the Rough Sleeping Initiative fund, which was established to assist local governments in removing people from the streets. It’s part of a £750 million commitment this year to combat homelessness and rough sleeping. The administration has also extended landlords’ four-month notice periods until at least the end of September.
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