The number of pensioners being accepted as homeless has skyrocketed by 40 per cent in five years, according to new figures.
A total of 2,520 people aged 60 and over were classed as ‘without a safe and secure home last year’ – the highest number for over a decade.
The government figures for January to March of this year also uncovered a 54 per cent rise in single parent families forced to turn to temporary accommodation.
Today's government #homelessness stats show in the last year, 2,520 people aged 60 and over were accepted as homeless – a staggering rise of 40% in the last five years, and the highest number for over a decade.
— Shelter (@Shelter) June 27, 2018
There has been a three per cent increase on the number of families waiting for a permanent place to stay with 79,880 altogether in hostels and B&Bs. This figure has risen by 56 per cent since the onset of austerity measures in 2010.
The total number of those living in B&Bs had actually fallen by 10 per cent to 5,940, but is still up a staggering 190 per cent from the levels seen eight years ago.