Over 88,000 homeless London children live in temporary accommodation

 

Over 88,000 homeless London children were living in temporary accommodation at the end of March 2019 – almost enough children to fill Wembley Stadium.*

Another 37,940 homeless children were living in temporary accommodation across other parts of England, writes Paul Coleman.

These government figures solemnly measure the chronic housing crisis facing working class people in London and in other towns and cities.

The insecurity of living in temporary accommodation denies all of these children a proper childhood and limits what they may become in their future lives. The strain on family life is immeasurable too.

 

London

Almost 85,000 homeless households were living in temporary accommodation across England at the end of March 2019, according to government figures. Of these, just over 62,000 were families with children, according to the Ministry of Housing, Communities & Local Government.

In London, some 56,280 homeless households were living in temporary accommodation, 43,700 with children, as at the end of March 2019.**

The actual total is likely to be higher than 56,280. The government has not included figures for homeless households from the boroughs of Bexley, Harrow, the Royal Borough of Kensington & Chelsea, and Redbridge.

 

Boroughs

The stated figures for individual London boroughs are:

 

Barking & Dagenham: 1,697 homeless households were living in temporary accommodation, 1,581 with children. The total number of children living in temporary accommodation was 3,702.

• Barnet: 2,163 homeless households living in temporary accommodation, including 1,334 with children. Total number of children, 2,604.

• Bexley: No figures made available.

Brent: 2,215 households in temporary accommodation, 1,832 with children. Total children, 4,378.

• Bromley: 1,661 households. 1,231 with children. Total children, 2,152.

 

• Camden: 505 households, 320 with children. Total children, 664.

• City of London: Nine households, five with children. Total children, six.

• Croydon: 1,630 households, 1,888 with children. Total children, 2,234.

 

• Ealing: 2,173 households, 1,587 with children. Total children, 3,306.

• Enfield: 3,496 households, 2,690 with children. Total children, 5,737.

• Greenwich: 1,068 households, 873 with children. Total children, 1,670.

 

• Hackney: 3,133 households, 2,147 with children. Total children, 3,841.

• Hammersmith & Fulham: 1,265 households, 1,028 with children. Total children, 1,991.

• Haringey: 2,933 households, 2,588 with children. Total children, 5,232.

• Harrow: No figures made available.

• Havering: 847 households, 643 with children. Total children, 1,181.

• Hillingdon: 468 households, 347 with children. Total children, 807.

• Hounslow: 675 households, 495 with children. Total children, 1,083.

 

• Islington: 553 households, 460 with children. Total children, 727.

• Royal Borough of Kensington & Chelsea: No figures made available.

• Lambeth: 2,315 households, 1,914 with children. Total children, 3,607.

• Lewisham: 2,148 households, 1,838 with children. Total children, 4,368.

• Newham: 5,048 households, 3,600 with children. Total children, 7,474.

 

• Redbridge: No figures made available.

• Richmond upon Thames: 270 households, 169 with children. Total children, 322.

• Southwark: 2,663 households, 2,105 with children. Total children, 3,326.

• Sutton: 617 households, 476 with children. Total children, 810.

 

• Tower Hamlets: 2,529 households, 2,182 with children. Total children, 4,504.

Waltham Forest: 2,185 households, 1,859 with children. Total children, 4,166.

• Wandsworth: 1,927 households, 1,508 with children. Total children, 2,859.

• Westminster: 2,554 homeless households, 2,001 with children. Total children, 4,104.

 

Source: Households in temporary accommodation at end of quarter by local authority, England, January to March 2019, Ministry of Housing, Communities & Local Government.

 

Notes for readers

* The capacity of Wembley Stadium is 90,000 seats.

* * These are homeless households in temporary accommodation arranged by their local authorities pending enquiries or after being accepted as homeless under the 1996 Housing Act and as amended by the Homelessness Reduction Act 2018.

 

© Paul Coleman, London Intelligence, 2019

 

Over 88,000 London children live in temporary accommodation in 2019. Photo shows Heygate council estate before demolition (© London Intelligence, All Rights Reserved).
Over 88,000 London children live in temporary accommodation in 2019. Photo shows Heygate council estate before demolition (© London Intelligence, All Rights Reserved).

 

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