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Hidden homeless increases

May 22 2009
Numbers of people in temporary accommodation soars, government figures reveal Thousands of homeless people in the UK are trapped in temporary accommodation as social housing has become increasingly scarce, according to new government figures. The number of families living in short-term housing for over two years increased by 1,600 per cent, from 577 to more than 10,000 since 1998, the figures claimed. In London alone, the number has soared 3,700 per cent, from 178 to 6,776. There has been an 80 per cent rise in the number of women living long-term in hostels and B&Bs, while information gathered from 248 councils across England and Wales showed a 77 per cent rise in the number of women on council waiting lists, resulting in a total figure of 144,000. But a spokesperson for the Department for Communities and Local Government said: "Last year was the first time since 1983 that we built more social houses than were lost through right-to-buy. Our recent Housing Bill and the creation of the Homes and Communities Agency will help to deliver council homes more quickly and will make it easier for councils to build their own social housing".