Over 88,000 homeless London children live in temporary accommodation

Over 88,080 homeless London children were living in temporary accommodation at the end of March 2019 – almost enough to fill every seat in 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.

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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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