Records were broken in terms of households and kids living in temporary housing.

Since records have been kept, there are more households in temporary housing in England than ever before as charities call on a “out of touch” government to outlaw no-fault evictions and speed up social housing construction.

By the end of March this year, 104,510 households were living in temporary housing, the highest number since records began in 1998, according to government data released on Tuesday. Since last year, there have been 9,520 additional households placed in temporary housing, a 10% increase.

The most youngsters ever recorded—131,370—are also living in temporary housing.

The government will handle the housing crisis, according to leveling up secretary Michael Gove, by enabling stores, restaurants, and betting businesses to be converted into homes and by modifying planning regulations to permit more home additions.

The primary cause of homelessness, according to the housing organization Shelter, is the loss of a private lease.

Rents have increased significantly, and some landlords have decided to sell their properties as a result of the private renting market’s instability, which has been made worse in the near term by rising interest rates and rising mortgage payments.

A 21% increase in persons at danger of homelessness as a result of a no-fault eviction has coincided with an increase in the number of households receiving no-fault eviction notices over the past year.

The local housing allowance (LHA), which housing benefit recipients who rent privately are entitled to, has also been frozen by the government at 2020 levels. The location and number of bedrooms in a property affect LHA rates. A claimant is accountable for the balance if their rent exceeds the LHA.

The highest increases in use have been in hotels and B&Bs. By the end of March, there were about 3,930 families staying in hotels or B&Bs, up from 2,930 at the end of previous year—a 35% rise in just three months.

Increasing by 175% in a year, from 670 to 1,840, the number of families residing in hotels above the six-week legal limit has hit another record high. People who stay in hotels frequently live in small spaces with no access to even the most basic cooking or cleaning amenities.

Housing advocacy groups have urged the government to abolish no-fault evictions and speed up social housebuilding.

With a record number of people becoming homeless, Polly Neate, CEO of Shelter, warned that it is past time to stop making empty promises about building social housing and no-fault evictions.

The MPs must bring the renters reform measure back with them when they reconvene in September following their summer break, and it must be passed as quickly as possible.

By locking families in temporary housing, we are once more able to observe the devastating impact that years of underinvestment in housing assistance and a scandalous lack of social housing construction are having.

“This must change. These numbers show how out of touch the Westminster administration is, despite its win yesterday in its vow to create a million homes during this parliament.

A spokesman for the Department for Levelling Up, Housing, and Communities stated: “Councils must ensure temporary housing is appropriate for families, who have the right to appeal if they believe it does not fit the needs of their household.

In order to help local authorities combat homelessness and rough sleeping in the places where it is most needed, we have allocated £2 billion over the course of three years. This includes more than £350 million in support for London’s homelessness prevention grant.

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