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UK Poverty 2017 highlights that overall, 14 million people live in poverty in the UK – over one in five of the population. This is made up of eight million working-age adults, four million children and 1.9 million pensioners. 8 million live in families where at least one person is in work.

Relationship Breakdown

A relationship breakdown is responsible for one in every six cases of homelessness in England, according to government figures from the Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG).

Loss of Tenancy

The loss of a private tenancy remains the single biggest cause of homelessness, with 18,750 households becoming homeless after an eviction from a privately rented home in 2016

Domestic Violence

An estimated two million people are affected by domestic violence every year, yet domestic violence victims make up only 2% of those accepted as homeless – that’s just 1,390 people. The recorded reasons why people become homeless paint a different picture. The number that blame a violent relationship breakdown has increased by 11%. In 2015, 6,530 people said it led to them becoming homeless.


Lack of Social Housing

By December 2016, nearly 76,000 households were living in emergency temporary accommodation such as bed and breakfasts, of which 60,000 were families with children or pregnant mothers. This is more than 10% up on the previous year and 58% more than in 2010 when just over 48,000 households were living in temporary accommodation