Magazine article Public Finance

Charity Pleads for More Social Housing

Magazine article Public Finance

Charity Pleads for More Social Housing

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Ministers are being challenged to commit themselves to a major increase in social housing after new figures showed the number of families without permanent homes still exceeds 100.000.

As part of its response to the Barker review, the government said it would increase overall house building by one third before 2016.

But it did not state how many of the 200,000 homes to be built annually would be for people on low incomes.

The latest nomelessness statistics, published on December 12, reveal that the number of households in temporary accommodation rose slightly from 100,970 to 101,020 in the three months to September.

It is more than a year since homelessness was below 100,000.

Adam Sampson, director of the housing charity Shelter, urged Chancellor Gordon Brown to honour his promise to make social rented housing a priority in next year's Comprehensive Spending Review. …

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