THOUSANDS of British families homeless despite being in work.
HOMELESSNESS has risen In England for more than six years, with 80,000 families in temporary accommodation including more than 120,000 children, government data shows........

LONDON : More than half of homeless families in Britain now have at least one adult in work after a sharp rise in the number of employed people unable to afford a secure home, a leading homelessness charity said on Monday.

More than 33,000 working families do not have a stable place to live, a 73 percent rise from 2013, according to a study by Shelter's social housing commission that blamed rising private rents, a freeze on benefits and a shortage of social housing.

" It's disgraceful that even when families are working every hour they can, they're still forced to live through the grim reality of homelessness," said Shelter CEO Polly Neate in a statement.

"In many cases, these are parents who work all day or night before returning to a cramped hostel or  B&B [ bed and breakfast]  where their whole family is forced to share a room.

"A room with no space for normal family life like  cooking, playing or doing homework."

Mary Smith, 47, works full time in retail and lives in a hostel near London with her three sons after she was evicted by her landlord and became unable to support and afford private rent."

" I was brought up by a very proud  Irish woman, and taught that you don't discuss things like your finances   -so letting my colleagues at work know what's happening is very hard," said Smith in a statement.

"I'm not hopeful for our future. I think it's going to be this constant, vicious circle of moving from temporary place to temporary place, when all the family wants is to settle down."

Losing a tenancy is now the single biggest cause of  homelessness in Britain, accounting  for  27 percent  of all  households  accepted as  homeless in the last year, said Shelter.

The proportion of working homeless families, from security guards to hotel workers, has increased at different rates across Britain, with the  East Midlands and North West England faring the worst, the report found. [Reuters]


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