Freedom of Information requests made by Tooting MP Sadiq Khan have revealed that the number of families living in temporary accommodation in the last year has almost doubled since 2008/09. Over 800 families have lived in temporary accommodation in the last year, compared with 450 families four years ago.
These shocking figures have also revealed that there are currently 76 incidences of families living in council-arranged temporary accommodation of only one room per family.
The homelessness charity, Shelter, has recently released figures stating that more than 80,000 children in the UK will spend their Christmas in temporary accommodation this year. Last year 834 children in Wandworth spent their Christmas without a home, and with Christmas just a week away, the numbers of children set to do the same is alarming.
Sadiq Khan MP said:
“These figures show that the Government and Wandsworth Council is failing the children of our borough. No child should be without a home, and I am sure parents across Wandsworth will share my outrage.
“Children need space at home - to do their homework, play with siblings – and just to be children. The revelations that more than 70 families are currently squeezed in just one room and that hundreds of Wandsworth children are likely to spend this Christmas without a home are heartbreaking.
“As more people are struggling to make ends meet, with the rising cost of living, including soaring energy bills, benefit cuts and ever increasing rents, homelessness across London is on the increase. And it is clear is that this problem is not going away, it is only getting worse."