Why are thousands of homeless London children living ‘temporarily’ in council flats?

Thousands of children and their families are living temporarily in council homes across London, writes Paul Coleman. Some 6,530 such homeless households across London were families with children, according to government figures for the end of March 2019. Some of these families have ‘temporarily’ lived in council properties for up to ten years. However, many of these families will have to move out when these council homes – built originally to house people permanently on secure tenancies – are demolished and ‘regenerated’ with new private homes that they will not be able to afford.

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The tragic meaning of a raw statistic

Picture Wembley Stadium full of 90,000 people. It helps to grasp the tragic meaning of the following raw statistic: 84,740 households across England were living in ‘temporary accommodation’ at the end of March 2019. 56,280 of these households are forced to live in this precarious state across London, one of the richest cities on Earth. Why?

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