Official figures show housing benefit cuts leading to sharp rise in homelessness

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Published by Jon Land for 24dash.com in Housing and also in Central Government

Government cuts to housing benefit are causing more people in the private rented sector to become homeless and making it harder to rehouse people who are homeless, Crisis warned today. The charity was reacting to the latest government homelessness figures which revealed that 13,890 households were accepted as homeless in England by their local council between 1 July and 30 September 2012 – 11% higher than the same period last year. The figures, from the Department for Communities and Local Government, show that 29,130 households approached their local council as homeless – a 6% rise on the same quarter last yea...

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