Tories slammed as child homelessness rises by 80%
The rate of homelessness among children in England has climbed to its highest rate since 2007. Over 123,000 children were in temporary accommodation in the first quarter of 2018 - that’s a rise of over 80 per cent since 2011.
Government policies have been widely blamed for the shocking statistic. Before 2010, child poverty and homelessness were falling year on year. A commitment to end child poverty was even enshrined in law through the Child Poverty Act of 2010. But in 2016, the Welfare Reform and Work Act repealed child poverty obligations, as well as enacting harsh requirements and limits on welfare spending.
The failure to get to grips with the housing crisis has also been blamed. Rising real house prices and rents have put home ownership out of reach for most young families. The rate of owner occupation has fallen by almost 10 per cent in the last decade.
John Healey MP, Labour’s Shadow Housing Secretary, responding to the latest quarterly statistics on homelessness, said:
“The shocking rise in homelessness since 2010 should shame Conservative Ministers.
“Homelessness fell at an unprecedented rate under Labour, but after eight years of failure on housing under the Tories, 123,000 children are now without a home.
“This is a direct result of Conservative decisions: a steep drop in investment for affordable homes, cuts to housing benefit, reduced funding for homelessness services, and a refusal to help private renters.
“The next Labour government will end rough sleeping within a Parliament and tackle the root causes of rising homelessness with more affordable homes and stronger rights for renters.”