Financial Times, Dec. 13th 2004, p.5
The private sector now provides over half the temporary accommodation for the growing number of homeless families, according to official statistics. Figures from the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister shows the number of homeless families in England was 100,810 in September, the first time it has reached six figures and more than double the number since Labour came to power in 1997. The number in private sector accommodation rose by 1,180 to 52,870 - 52 per cent of all households. Most of these properties are leased by local authorities or registered social landlords, although other households are placed as tenants of private sector landlords.
(See also The Daily Telegraph, Dec. 13th 2004, p.6; The Guardian, Dec. 13th 2004, p.7)