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Number of children spending summer holidays homeless at seven-year high

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The number of homeless children in England and Wales has risen by 76% in seven years, the Local Government Association has said.

Citing its own data published in a new report, the LGA described the more than 123,000 children living in temporary accommodation over the summer holidays as “unsustainable”.

LGA housing spokesperson Judith Blake (Lab) said: “Councils are currently housing almost 123,000 children experiencing homelessness, which not only has hugely negative impact on their young lives but creates an unsustainable position for local councils, as they experience spiralling housing costs without the tools and resources to deliver the homes their residents need.”

In a statement, a spokesperson for the LGA described the government’s recently published rough sleeping strategy as a positive first step, while also calling on ministers to “go much further, much faster”, in supporting councils’ homelessness prevention programmes.

At the time LGC chair Lord Porter (Con) said more must be done to move people on from temporary accommodation into more permanent housing.

Cllr Blake also called for a “collective ambition to end homelessness outright”, adding that councils must be better able to borrow to build new homes.

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