Housing crisis will mean 320 children placed in temporary accommodation, say councils
'Hundreds of children face becoming homeless during the school summer holidays because of the housing crisis, council leaders have warned.
The Local Government Association (LGA) estimates that 320 children in England could be placed in temporary accommodation over the next six weeks.
It is calling on the next prime minister to make tackling homelessness an urgent priority when he takes office next week.
The LGA says there are more than 124,490 children living in temporary accommodation and the shortage of suitable social rented homes means many families are placed in temporary accommodation.
It is urging the next government to introduce measures to help councils tackle homelessness and provide the tools and powers to “resume their historic role as major housebuilders of good-quality, affordable homes for social rent”.
Martin Tett, the LGA’s housing spokesman, said: “While for many children the summer holidays will be a break from school to be enjoyed with family and friends, for others they face the tragedy of becoming homeless.
“It is not right that hundreds of children risk enduring the disruption of being placed into temporary accommodation. Councils desperately want to find every family a good-quality home, but the lack of available housing is making this an almost insurmountable challenge.”
The housing minister Heather Wheeler said: “No child should ever be left without a roof over their head, and we are working to ensure all families have a safe place to stay.'
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