Housing market is a daily nightmare for many families says Shelter
The National Audit Office homelessness report is published today 13th September.
Amyas Morse, head of the National Audit Office said: “Homelessness in all its forms has significantly increased in recent years, driven by several factors. Despite this, government has not evaluated the impact of its reforms on this issue, and there remain gaps in its approach. It is difficult to understand why the Department persisted with its light touch approach in the face of such a visibly growing problem. Its recent performance in reducing homelessness therefore cannot be considered value for money”.
Shelter’s comment in response to the National Audit Office homelessness report.
Shelter’s Chief Executive Polly Neate said: “This report reveals the tragedy of rising and persistent homelessness in England for tens of thousands of families and children.
“The NAO has found, what Shelter sees every day, that for many families our housing market is a daily nightmare of rising costs and falling benefits which is leading to nothing less than a national crisis.
“That’s why we are calling on the government to act now, in this year’s budget, to end the freeze on housing benefit and to commit to building decent homes at affordable rents. Without this action this is a crisis which will only get worse”