Media articles about money-saving topics
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Homelessness and rough sleeping are different things that are frequently elided. Whilst rough sleeping is on the rise, homelessness means something different, and the 1/200 is plausible.
There is a statutory definition - in short, homeless means without a fixed address and most covers people housed by the local authority in temporary accommodation. It also includes 'sofa-surfers' and people whose about to be evicted/repossessed.
The large number in temporary accommodation presumably reflects the lack of more permanent affordable housing - council houses, in old money, although in many parts of the country 'council houses' are all in the hands of housing associations.
The Guardian report referenced in The Week gives equivalent figures for prior years, showing a steady rise.
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The sell off of Council Housing which were not replaced meant that many of those who would have qualified for social housing are so low down the list they will never get one. So they end up in rented accommodation. This often means they can have to move at fairly short notice and might have to move children to a different school. Not homeless but no security.
And now they are planning to sell Housing Association properties at far less than the market price. Nobody saw this coming, certainly not the good people of Wells Next the Sea. They could see that the town was becoming popular with the buy to let to holidaymakers/2nd home brigade. So they bought some properties to let to local people so they could have an affordable home. The advice was they should form a housing association. Now those properties can be sold for less than will buy a replacement property. And if the new owners find in time they have to move or chose to move the new property could easily be lost to local people needing an affordable home.
Keep smiling because the light at the end of someone's tunnel may be you, Ron Cheneler
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