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29 Mar 2016

Rise in homelessness in England triggers calls to follow Welsh strategy

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Ministers urged to look at Wales’s effective law after 33% increase in people accepted as homeless by English councils.

England’s homelessness crisis is continuing to grow with new data showing a 33% rise since 2010 in people accepted as homeless by councils, putting further pressure on the government to act.

A Shelter analysis using the latest official data showed a 6% year-on-year rise in the total number of households accepted as homeless during 2015, including an 8% rise in homeless households with dependant children.

The loss of a tenancy remained the biggest cause of homelessness in 2015, including 17,000 households given emergency accommodation by their council after being evicted from a privately rented home.

Shelter said the 56,600 people accepted as homeless by councils in 2015 was 33% higher than in 2010.

Read the full story on the Guardian website

Read the latest official homelessness data for Oct – Dec 2015

Read Crisis’ response to the latest statutory homelessness figures

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