Maybe homelessness figures don’t tend to hit the headlines, but the latest statistics for England tell a sobering story.
It’s not surprising that some news was buried under the media avalanche in the wake of the EU referendum in June.
What would have been in the news about the UK if it weren’t for the EU referendum result and its aftermath?
Last month DCLG published homelessness statistics for the year ending March 2016. During the year, 57,750 households became homeless, an increase of 6% on the previous year. Homelessness is trending up, and has increased in every year (except one) since 2009/10.
This increase is primarily driven by London and the South East. Other regions have plateaued, or in some cases actually declined.
What does homelessness look like in your area? Has it declined, plateaued or increased? Why do you think this is, and how does it impact your business?