London boroughs strive to help those threatened with homelessness despite increasing pressures

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Councils across London have prevented or relieved nearly 30,000 cases of homelessness in the last financial year, according to new figures. 

Government statistics released this week show boroughs helped more than 25,000 people facing homelessness stay in their current home or find alternative housing, and assisted 3,810 people already homeless back into accommodation during 2015/16.

During April, May and June 2016, local authorities in England accepted 15,170 households as statutorily homeless - up 10% compared to the same quarter last year and up 3% from the figure of 14,760 in the previous quarter.

Of these, 4,890 were in London – meaning the capital accounts for 32% of the England total and has also faced an 11% rise compared to the same period last year. But despite ever-increasing pressures, during the same three month period boroughs took positive steps to prevent 6,660 households losing a roof over their heads.

Mayor Sir Steve Bullock, London Councils'  executive member for housing, said: “The dedication shown by London boroughs in helping some of the most vulnerable people in our city, despite huge and ever-increasing financial pressures is astounding – but we still have a huge amount of work to do in an environment which gets more difficult by the day. 

“The number of households in temporary accommodation arranged by local authorities under homelessness legislation at the end of June this year was 73,120. This was 9% higher than a year earlier and up 52% on the low of 48,010 on 31 December 2010. In London, the number of households in temporary accommodation on June 30, 2016 was 52,820 - 72% of the total England figure.

“Boroughs will strive to continue to help as many people as possible – but they cannot do this alone.  If we are to tackle what is becoming a growing crisis in our city and across the country, Government must give local authorities the resource and tools to carry out their duties.”

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The full statistics can be found here.