One UK household is being made homeless every three-and-a-half hours, new analysis by The Big Issue has revealed, as evictions and repossessions have continued throughout lockdown.
Campaigners have called for urgent action to prevent an “avalanche of homelessness” this autumn once Covid-related support ends.
“More people are at risk of homelessness now than at any time in living memory,” warned Lord John Bird, founder of The Big Issue. “Against a background of 1.9 million jobs at risk of permanent loss from the pandemic, this should be ringing alarm bells throughout the country.”
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Despite an eviction ban from the government, there were 370 mortgage repossessions and 262 rental evictions in England and Wales in the first 90 days of the year. This equates to more than seven households a day being made homeless.
In response to these shocking findings, The Big Issue has launched a campaign – Stop Mass Homelessness – to prevent the immediate threat of mass evictions and invest for the future. The campaign includes a nine-point plan with short and longer-term proposals to keep people in their homes and increase Britain’s supply of affordable housing.