Homelessness set to double in 25 years, charity warns


It comes as a new analysis, conducted for Crisis by Heriot-Watt University, provides the most complete and up-to-date picture of homelessness across Britain, as well as a 25-year forecast for England, Wales and Scotland.

Almost a quarter of a million people are experiencing acute forms of homelessness across Britain, with rough sleeping set to rise by 76 percent by 2026 unless the government takes serious long-term action, the homelessness charity Crisis has warns.

Homeless charity Crisis said 156,000 households - nearly a quarter of a million people - were experiencing some form of homelessness.

Research from the national homeless charity, Crisis, has found that roughly 9,100 people were sleeping rough at any one time in 2016.

Britain's homeless population has increased by a third since 2011, a year into the Conservative Party took over, a new study has found.

A homelessness charity has warned the United Kingdom government that the rising number of homeless people may rise by more than half a million by 2041.

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Some 26,000 households were also living on public transport or in tents, cars, squats, women's refuges or winter night shelters.

It warned that without action the most acute forms of homelessness were likely to keep climbing, with overall numbers forecast to rise by more than a quarter (26.5%) over the next 10 years to 202,200 in 2026. We still exist because homelessness still exists, and today's report makes it only too clear that unless we take action as a society, the problem is only going to get worse with every year that passes. The majority of those affected are sofa surfers, with 68,300 families sleeping on people's couches. Based on the model, a 60 per cent increase in new housing could reduce levels of homelessness by 19 per cent by 2036, while increased prevention work could reduce levels by 34 per cent in the same period. "In order to tackle this, it's crucial we first understand the scale of the problem".

"Our priorities include addressing homelessness for people with more complex needs, who may be rough sleeping and for whom simply providing accommodation is not always enough, and ensuring temporary accommodation plays a positive role in improving outcomes for homeless households". "With the right support at the right time, it doesn't have to be inevitable". What help do people need?

"We warmly welcome the Government's pledge to tackle rough sleeping and other forms of homelessness".

'There is no substitute for a renaissance in council house building if we're to truly address the rising homelessness we face as a nation.

Mr Healey described homelessness in Britain as a "national scandal" and a "terrible reminder of the consequences of Conservative ministers' seven years of failure on housing".