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The Independent

Extra households changing into homeless or threatened with homelessness



The variety of households with kids in England assessed as needing assist to stop them changing into homeless or to alleviate their homelessness has risen by virtually 1 / 4 in a 12 months, figures present.

Some 56,340 households with kids wanted assist to cease them changing into homeless in 2021-22, in keeping with annual knowledge from the Division for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities (DLUHC).

That is up 23.6% from the earlier 12 months.

A complete of 36,960 households with kids wanted assist to alleviate their homelessness – up 22.9% from 2020-21 and 9.7% from 2019-20.

There have been vital rises in households dealing with homelessness on account of fleeing home abuse, and on account of their non-public rental tenancies ending and being served so-called no-fault Part 21 eviction notices.

DLUHC mentioned homelessness ranges largely elevated from 2020-21 to return nearer to ranges recorded earlier than the coronavirus pandemic.

This displays the top of Government insurance policies put in place throughout the Covid disaster, akin to lockdowns, the Everybody In name to deliver tough sleepers to security, and an eviction ban defending non-public renters.

In complete for 2021-22, 278,110 households have been assessed as both being threatened with homelessness or already homeless.

That is up 2.8% from the earlier 12 months – pushed by an increase in households threatened with homelessness – however 4.0% beneath the pre-pandemic stage in 2019-20,

Of those, 133,460 households have been assessed as being threatened with homelessness – up 11.3% from 2020-21 however beneath the pre-pandemic stage.

The rise from the earlier 12 months was pushed by the rise in households, and the variety of households threatened with homelessness after receiving a no-fault eviction discover greater than doubling.

The latter could partially mirror the removing of restrictions on non-public rented sector evictions from Might 2021 that have been launched throughout the pandemic, DLUHC mentioned.

Some 144,670 households wanted assist to alleviate their homelessness – down 4.0% from 2020-21, however 2.9% above the pre-pandemic stage in 2019-20.

For households threatened with homelessness, the commonest purpose was the lack of their dwelling as a result of finish of a personal rented assured shorthold tenancy (AST) at 45.6% of the overall.



At a time when the cost-of-living disaster is hitting households, it’s deeply worrying that individuals are being pressured from their properties, via no fault of their very own, and plunged into instability, unable to afford someplace to dwell.

Disaster chief govt Matt Downie

The vast majority of non-public rented ASTs ended as a result of landlord wishing to promote or re-let the property (69.3%).

For households with kids who turned homeless in 2021-22, the commonest purpose was shedding their final settled dwelling on account of home abuse (30.7%).

That is up 17.8% from 2020-21 and 36.0% from 2019-20.

For single households eligible for assist, 18,430 have been threatened with homelessness after the top of a personal rented AST (up 65.0%), and eight,900 turned homeless after the top of a personal rented AST (up 23.6%).

General, 19,790 households in England confronted homelessness within the final monetary 12 months after receiving a no-fault eviction discover, greater than double the quantity throughout 2020-21.

Of all households eligible for assist, 74,690 got here from the non-public rented sector – up 53% from the earlier 12 months.

Disaster chief govt Matt Downie mentioned: “At a time when the cost-of-living disaster is hitting households, it’s deeply worrying that individuals are being pressured from their properties, via no fault of their very own, and plunged into instability, unable to afford someplace to dwell.

“What is obvious is that housing is unaffordable for too many, with rising homelessness amongst individuals within the non-public rented sector and extra individuals dealing with homelessness due to hire arrears.

“This, coupled with an absence of social housing, forces individuals on low incomes into insecure and unsure residing conditions, unable to maneuver on with their lives.”

He identified the figures solely cowl the primary months of the rising value of residing, and referred to as for the Authorities to extend housing profit, correctly defend renters from no-fault evictions and set out a plan for extra genuinely inexpensive properties.

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