We need secure homes for everyone

A family living in temporary housing
A family living in temporary housing

Statistics released the other day, hit out at the abject failure of government to tackle Britain’s housing crisis after the number of homeless children spiralled to a new record high this summer.

Almost 80,000 families in England were in temporary accommodation through the first quarter of 2018 - the highest for 10 years .

The Local Government Association warned the matter was so urgent that local councils’ ability to borrow, spend and build, so they could address localised issues, should be enhanced.

Eviction from private tenancy has been the leading cause of homelessness for years now and for all the fine talk, this government has done nothing to address this and tries to palm off responsibility on local authorities.

The epidemic sees tens of thousands in temporary accommodation and tent cities spring up. This is a clear result of housing legislation that has decimated council housing and pushed tenants into the private sector where they can be evicted at the whim of gouging private landlords.

It is estimated that approximately one in every 200 people in Britain are currently homeless, with some 380,000 people sleeping rough or in housing deemed inadequate for human habitation.

What we must have now is the replacement of this tory government by a Labour government with its pledges of overcoming homelessness and providing secure homes for everyone.

Royston Jones

Anchorsholme