New data reveals almost 1 in 10 adults had experienced some form of housing difficulty during their life

St Mungo’s is highlighting the importance of safe, secure housing, with new figures released today (22 October) showing that that 1 in 10 adults in the UK living in private accommodation in 2018 had experienced some form of housing difficulty during their life.

The Office for National Statistics (ONS) used data from an EU survey for its new report Past experiences of housing difficulties in the UK: 2018. Researchers found:

Steve Douglas CBE, Chief Executive of St Mungo’s, said: “These figures show that even before the Covid-19 pandemic arrived, many people in the UK were struggling to find and sustain safe and secure housing. From our own recent research with those in transient work, we recognise the stress caused by precarious housing situations and that people experiencing difficulties can be reluctant to disclose their situation for fear of discrimination or stigmatisation.

“The pandemic response has shown what can be achieved when national and local Government, homelessness and other organisations work together. The Next Steps Accommodation Programme and the Rough Sleeping Accommodation Programme, launched by the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government and the GLA respectively, and which will provide four-year capital and revenue funding for homelessness projects, also demonstrates that there is recognition of the need for ongoing support for those at the sharp end of homelessness.

“We believe long terms solutions are possible and  it is important to now move forward with the homelessness strategy that was promised by the government, to enable it to deliver its commitment to end rough sleeping within this Parliament.”

The data can be accessed here.