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Schools out for summer: Hundreds of children could be homeless

Schools out for summer: Hundreds of children could be homeless

The summer holidays have begun. And what is an exciting time for many school children across the country could see hundreds of children become homeless.

Council leaders are warning that over the 6 weeks school holidays 320 children in England could be placed into temporary accommodation.

The Local Government Association (LGA) states that there are nearly 124,500 children living in temporary accommodation.

Shortage of social housing

There is a shortage of social rented homes in the England. This is leading to more families finding themselves in uncertainty.

The LGA is urging the government to step up and get local council back to their ‘historic role as major housebuilders of good-quality affordable homes for social rent’.

No child should grow up without a safe place to call home

Greg Beales is the campaign director at Shelter. He says,

“No child should have to grow up without a safe place to call home, but this is increasingly the devastating outcome as more parents are plunged into crisis by expensive private rents, severe welfare cuts and a chronic lack of social homes.

“The impact homelessness has on children cannot be overstated. We’ve seen through our services and in countless research reports that children’s social wellbeing and mental health often suffers, with many feeling ashamed or becoming anxious and withdrawn.”

Here at Swain & Co Solicitors we are concerned that the housing crisis is only set to get worse if the government scrap no fault evictions – see our earlier post where Luke Ridge explains why this is bad news.

The summer holidays should be a time for children to relax, play and enjoy childhood.

But for some families, it is a time of extreme uncertainty.

Luke Ridge, Housing Law adviser at Swain & Co Solicitors says,

“When faced with eviction many families are forced to resort to asking the Council for emergency accommodation whilst a decision is made. This accommodation should be for a very short time and be suitable for the needs of the entire family. However, under-resourced Councils are regularly falling short in their duties and sending families to unsuitable accommodation sometimes in different cities. As we enter the Summer period, many Councils will struggle further to manage these emergency situations. Families forced to live in unsuitable accommodation can take action to ensure the Council meet their obligations ”

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