The housing crisis generation: How many children are homeless in Britain

By: Liam Reynolds  Published: December 2018


Homelessness legislation in all parts of Britain means that children should never have to sleep rough although there are extreme cases where this can happen for a short time. There are, however, a huge number of children living in households who have been accepted as being officially homeless and are living in temporary accommodation. Even though these children have a roof over their heads they are still officially classed as homeless because it is not a permanent home and they can be moved on at very short notice. In the worst cases children can be crammed into bed and breakfast hotels or hostels - totally inappropriate places for children to grow up. This report sets out some of the research evidence on the impact of living in this way on families and children.


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