Nearly half of children living in privately rented homes in England live in poverty, new research has revealed.
A study by the National Housing Federation (NHF) found that around 1.3 million children in private rentals fall below the poverty line – a 69 per cent (537,325) increase since 2008.
The report blamed unaffordable property prices and insufficient social housing for the boom in families, who have already been hit by tax credits cuts and the Universal Credit roll out, staying in private rentals.
Despite the high poverty rates, seven in ten of the families are in work. The NHF is demanding the government create more social housing to help pull low-income families out homes they cannot afford and out of poverty.
Kate Henderson, chief executive of the National Housing Federation, said: “It is a disgrace that in one of the wealthiest countries in the world we cannot provide our children with a secure and affordable home.
“The critical lack of social housing is pushing more and more families into poverty by forcing them into insecure privately rented homes they cannot afford.