St Mungo’s response to the statutory quarterly homelessness statistics (April to June 2023)
- 73,660 households were homeless or at risk of it. An increase of 2% from the same period last year. (6.9% increase in homelessness and 1.5% in threatened with homelessness)
- The private rented sector is increasingly unstable. Nearly half of the households at risk of homelessness were in the private rented sector. 6,640 households received a Section 21 notice. Up 10.3% from this time last year
- 25% households had at least one person in part or full-time work. Up just over 10% from this time last year.
St Mungo’s CEO, Emma Haddad, said:
“We’re dealing with rising rates of homelessness, a cost-of-living crisis and now bitterly cold weather, and these combined are putting huge pressure on charities like St Mungo’s. Today’s quarterly homelessness statistics are a sad reminder that the number of people falling into homelessness is continuing to rise.
The factors causing homelessness can be complex, but too often St Mungo’s frontline workers are supporting people who are in employment, they have lost secure housing and are unable to find a path back to a safe roof over their heads. We urgently need an increase in affordable and appropriate housing.
We hope these statistics will galvanise policy action to bring in the Renters Reform Bill and abolish Section 21 evictions; a detrimental clause which currently allows landlords to evict tenants without reason.”
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St Mungo’s response to the Autumn Statement
Following a huge amount of campaigning over recent months, we are very pleased that the Government has announced an increase in local housing allowance (LHA) from April 2024 to cover the bottom 30% of local rents, as set out by the Chancellor in his Autumn Statement on Wednesday 22nd November.
St Mungo’s has consistently made the case for LHA to be increased, using evidence from the services we run. Along with colleagues across the sector in the Cover the Cost Coalition, our voices have been heard.
This change means that people in receipt of housing benefit will have access to homes that they can actually afford to rent. It will make a crucial difference to many people’s lives across the country, preventing them from falling into homelessness or helping them out of homelessness.
We also welcome the additional £120 million of funding for councils to invest in homelessness prevention, and the increase in benefits to match inflation.
While these policy changes are much-needed, we are still facing a very difficult winter with record numbers of people sleeping rough. We need support to be able to bring people into somewhere warm. Donate today to help bring people off the streets and into safety. You can make tonight someone’s last night on the streets.
Rough sleeping is not a lifestyle choice – St Mungo’s responds to Home Secretary
St Mungo’s is deeply concerned by the Home Secretary’s recent comments on homelessness and rough sleeping.
Rough sleeping is not a ‘lifestyle choice’ but the result of many complex factors. The Government should be focusing on the chronic shortage of housing and statutory support services, rather than condemning vulnerable people and the organisations that prevent them from dying on the streets.
Latest statistics show record numbers of people forced into rough sleeping. It is ironic that currently one of the biggest drivers of homelessness is the government’s approach to clearing the backlog of asylum claims. It is the government’s choice that people are sleeping in tents, not a lifestyle choice.
St Mungo’s priority is to find people a path out of homelessness. The Government must ensure no-one finds themselves there in the first place, and unfreezing housing benefit so that people can actually afford a proper roof over their heads must be the government’s biggest priority.
St Mungo’s has co-signed a letter to the Home Secretary, asking her to urgently reconsider proposals to criminalise the use of tents by people sleeping rough: https://www.crisis.org.uk/about-us/media-centre/open-letter-to-home-secretary-suella-braverman-on-government-proposals-to-criminalise-the-use-of-tents-by-people-sleeping-rough/
Rough sleeping figures releases in October 2023 show that:
- In total, 4068 people were recorded as rough sleeping in the capital between Jul-Sep 2023, this is an increase of 12% on the same period last year.
- 2086 people rough sleeping for the first time, a 13% increase on the same figure this time last year.
- 481 people deemed to be living on the streets, 17% higher than the immediately preceding period (Apr-Jun)
- 1561 people were intermittently rough sleeping, 16% higher than the same period last year.
St Mungo’s provides a variety of services to help people off the streets and recover from homelessness. These include outreach, hostels and supported accommodation, as well as immigration advice, mental health support and provision for victims of domestic violence. Additionally, our Recovery College also provides a learning, training and employment service.