Charity research slams government
Missing meals to pay rent
HOMELESSNESS IN London is getting worse under New Labour according to recent figures from campaign group Shelter. The report-called The Dark Side of the Boom-shows how thousands of Londoners are facing housing misery as house prices soar.
The report found:
- Nearly 60 percent of Housing Benefit claimants in inner London faced a shortfall of �20 or more between their benefit and their rent. The only way they can make up the difference is by cutting back on food.
- Over 400 homeless people sleep on London's streets on any given night and 94,000 people are officially recognised as homeless.
- The number of people living in bed and breakfast accommodation has soared by almost 120 percent over the last two years.
- At the end of June 1999 over 31,000 homeless households were placed in temporary accomodation. This is an incredible increase of 30 percent over two years.
- London has the highest public sector rents in Britain. The report found that the average weekly private rent is �278 for a two bedroom flat.
- Over 300,000 households lack basic amenities, have inadequate heating or are in a serious state of disrepair.
Shelter predicts that conditions will worsen if the government continues on its present course and refuses to invest in affordable housing.