Child homelessness is “badge of shame”- UK

UK figures show a total of 66,836 children became homeless in the last year, one every eight minutes

This is an extract from an article by Robert Armour on TFN website dated 3/12/19 with the title: Scots child homelessness is “badge of shame”.

Figures showing a child was made homeless every 37 minutes last year in Scotland is a “badge of shame.”

Shelter’s Generation Homeless report found 14,043 children were made homeless in 2018-19 across the county.

It also discovered 6,795 children were in temporary accommodation as of March 31 this year, meaning one in every 160 children in Scotland was without a home.

It said the number in temporary accommodation has risen from 4,155 in the same period in 2014, a jump of 64%.

UK figures show a total of 66,836 children became homeless in the last year, one every eight minutes, with 39,548 families being forced to leave their homes.

Some 134,429 children were in temporary accommodation on March 31, a 51% jump from the same time in 2014.

Shelter Scotland deputy director Alison Watson, said: "Children being homeless in 21st century Scotland is a badge of shame in itself but a 64% increase over the last four years up to 6,795 being homeless is completely unacceptable.

"It's time that promises were made and kept to the children of Scotland - that we will do everything possible to prevent homelessness and build enough social homes to make sure every child has a home not just for Christmas, but permanently."

Housing minister Kevin Stewart responded: “We are clear that one person being made homeless is too many, particularly in households which include children”...

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