LGA responds to latest quarterly homelessness statistics

“The end to the eviction ban brought in to protect tenants during the pandemic has undoubtedly contributed to this rise in households threatened with homelessness from the private sector, and councils are eager to work with government on a plan to safeguard tenants."


Man riding a bike passing by a homeless woman

Responding to the latest homelessness statistics for the period July to September 2021, Cllr David Renard, housing spokesperson for the Local Government Association, said:

“Every instance of homelessness is a tragedy and councils work hard to prevent it from happening in the first place, as well as support those affected.

“The end to the eviction ban brought in to protect tenants during the pandemic has undoubtedly contributed to this rise in households threatened with homelessness from the private sector, and councils are eager to work with government on a plan to safeguard tenants. The Government should also bring forward its pledge to end ‘no fault evictions’ in their entirety.

“The rise in families who are owed a main duty by their councils puts even more pressure on social housing waiting lists, which further supports our call for giving councils the powers and resources to build 100,000 social homes for rent a year.

“We also want to work with government on the urgent implementation of a cross-government homelessness prevention strategy, associated with the multi-year homelessness funding for councils that has been announced.”