Briefing: The impact of homelessness and bad housing on children's education
A major new study from Shelter and YouGov reveals the lasting impact of homelessness and bad housing on a child’s education. With 136,000 children growing up in temporary accommodation across Britain, it is unsurprising that more than half (56%) of state school teachers in Britain have worked at a school with homeless children in the last three years, and have witnessed some of the most devastating effects homelessness and bad housing can have on a child’s wellbeing and their ability to learn.
To lift children and their families out of bad housing and homelessness, Shelter is calling on the government to:
Strengthen our welfare safety net, by removing the benefit cap and ensuring housing benefit is fit for purpose.
Bring forward urgent legislation to end Section 21 “no fault” evictions, which remains one of the leading causes of homelessness.
Tackle the root cause of the housing emergency, by investing in a new generation of social homes.