'Current government policies are responsible for driving families apart, despite all the political rhetoric about t...
'Current government policies are responsible for driving families apart, despite all the political rhetoric about the importance of keeping families together,' Shelter director Chris Holmes said as the charity launched a new report into the effects of homelessness on the family.
The report, marking the beginning of Shelter's 30th anniversary year, contains original research into families who have been forced to live apart because of homelessness.
During the year in which the research was carried out, there was an increase of almost 50% in the number of homeless households forced to live apart (from 1,331 during the 12 months to 31 March 1994 up to 1,954 households the following year).
The research found that living apart not only affected the individuals themselves but also their extended families and friends.