For more than half the number of homeless families trapped in temporary accommodation, working is not a viable way out of poverty, according to new figures from housing charity Shelter.
Freedom of Information requests to the DWP revealed that 55 per cent of families in England without a permanent stable home are in employment.
That equates to 33,000 families holding down a job while forced to live in hostels and other temporary accommodation – a rise of 73 per cent since 2013 when 19,000 families were in the same position.
This research, released as part of Shelter's social housing commission, shows more than 33,000 families are holding down a job despite living in temporary accommodation.
— Shelter (@Shelter) July 23, 2018
While this same time period has coincided with a sharp increase in the total number of homeless families (43,750 in 2013 to 60,520 in 2017) the rates of change indicate that there is a problem specific to working families as the total number of families has only increased by 38 per cent.
The North West of England has seen a particular spike with the number of working homeless skyrocketing by 592 per cent since 2013 while the East Midlands and West Midlands have seen rises of 426 and 242 per cent respectively.