between the number of homeless people and levels of affordable housing
built each year.
(see LGCnet) has highlighted the downward spiral of affordable house-
building in the UK over the last decade. It estimates that there is
currently a shortfall of 39,000 homes being built every year in England,
31,000 of which it states should be affordable.
The report comes on the same day that the ODPM has announced that the
number of households made homeless in England this year will pass
200,000 for the first time under the Labour government(1) - the number
of homeless households living in temporary accommodation has also
reached a new high of 93,930.
Shelter, the UK's leading housing charity, says the Barker report places
an obligation on government to boost funding for affordable housing in
next summer's Spending Review. The charity, which gave evidence to the
Barker review detailing the experiences of families living in appalling
accommodation, has long campaigned for an end to substandard housing.
Shelter director, Adam Sampson, said: 'The Barker report places an
obligation on government to boost spending in order to provide
affordable homes for those in most desperate need. Not only do we need
to increase the number of homes in the broader sense but there also
needs to be urgent reforms to the planning system - put frankly, it's
nothing short of a national scandal that so many people are trapped in
temporary homes and homes that are not fit for living.'
1. The total for the last four quarters (December 2002 to September
2. Shelter is a national campaigning charity that last year worked with
over 100,000 homeless or badly housed people through its network of over
50 advice centres and innovative projects. It runs Shelterline,
supported by Bradford & Bingley, the UK's free, 24 hour, national
housing advice line on 0808 800 4444, and Shelternet, a free, online,
housing advice website at www.shelternet.org.uk