The latest government statutory live tables and figures on homelessness have been updated, along with a report with visual breakdown of the data here. We thought we’d share a summary of what Justlife’s Research and Policy team have gleaned from the data.
74230 households (Household means any “grouping” ie a two parent family, single parent family, couple or single person) were initially assessed as homeless or threatened with homelessness in the last quarter, an annual increase of 5.4%, with 37,260 assessed as being owed a prevention duty - an increase of 15.1% from this time last year .
By far the highest reason for loss of last home in those owed a prevention duty was end of “private rental with assured shorthold tenancy” (An assured shorthold tenancy is the most common tenancy if you rent from a private landlord or letting agent. The main feature that makes an AST different from other tenancies is your landlord can evict you without a reason). People citing this as their reason for becoming homeless has almost doubled since the last quarter, and, according to DLUC, represents a 141.5% increase from the same quarter last year. Many within our sector predicted this was to come with the cost of living crisis hitting at the start of this year, coupled with the impact of the end of the eviction ban and Universal Credit uplift in the previous years.