The homelessness monitor: England 2012

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Fitzpatrick, Suzanne; Pawson, Hal; Bramley, Glen
Date of publication
12 December 2012
Housing and Homelessness
Social welfare
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This is the second year of the the Homelessness Monitor England, a five year study that will provide an independent analysis of the impact on homelessness of recent economic and policy developments. This is a very concerning time for homelessness in England: the simultaneous weakening of welfare protection and the housing safety net, in a context of wider recessionary pressures, is already having a negative effect on those most vulnerable to homelessness, with the prospect of much worse to come. Visible’ forms of homelessness – including rough sleeping and statutory homelessness – are on a sharp upward trajectory in England. The national rough sleeper ‘snapshot’ count rose by 23% between Autumn 2010 and Autumn 2011 – a more dramatic growth dynamic than anything seen since the 1990s. Temporary accommodation placements have also risen, with Bed and Breakfast hotel placements almost doubling over the past two years. There has been a particularly alarming rise in the numbers of households with children in Bed and Breakfast hotels, from 630 in March 2010 to 1,660 in March 2012

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