Improving homelessness figures for Yorkshire and Humber

Nationally, the number of people in temporary accommodation has risen but our region's seen a decline.

A public spending watchdog claims a rise in homelessness in England has been partly fueled by the government's own welfare reforms.

The National Audit Office has found there's been a 60% rise in households in temporary accommodation over the last six years.

But in Yorkshire and the Humber, there's been a drop of 10% - with just over 800 households in temporary accommodation in March this year.

£22.1million was been spent by the local authority on homelessness services during 2015/16. 

Amyas Morse, head of the National Audit Office, says:

“Homelessness in all its forms has significantly increased in recent years, driven by several factors.  Despite this, government has not evaluated the impact of its reforms on this issue, and there remain gaps in its approach.

“It is difficult to understand why the Department persisted with its light touch approach in the face of such a visibly growing problem. Its recent performance in reducing homelessness therefore cannot be considered value for money”.

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