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SHELTER SLAMS HOMES DATA

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Housing charity Shelter has condemned government figures that show record numbers are living in temporary accommoda...
Housing charity Shelter has condemned government figures that show record numbers are living in temporary accommodation organised by councils.

A DETR quarterly bulletin on homelessness revealed the numbers living in such accommodation rose 4% to just over 66,000 in the three months to the end of June. Around a quarter of those people were housed in bed and breakfast accommodation or hostels.

The government claimed the development of alternatives meant a much smaller proportion of those requiring temporary accommodation are now housed in hostels or B&Bs than was the case in the 1980s.

But Shelter focused on the number 'having to endure the misery of temporary accommodation'. The charity blamed steep increases in rent levels throughout the 1990s.
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