Number of families in temporary accommodation more than doubled in a decade

New figures unearthed by local Liberal Democrats have exposed Labour’s failure to tackle the housing crisis hitting families in Haringey in the last decade.

Since 1997, when Labour came to power nationally, the number of households living in temporary accommodation has soared from 2,322 to 5,447 – the second highest number in London and four times the London average.

Lynne Featherstone, MP for Hornsey and Wood Green comments:

“This extraordinary increase in the number of people living in temporary accommodation, often in terrible and run down states, is one of Labour’s biggest failings.

“Not only is Haringey failing to find decent housing for these often vulnerable people, but my casework postbag offers evidence of the terrible state of many of these temporary homes. Haringey Council needs to own up to this failing, and address this as a matter of urgency.”

Cllr Carolyn Baker, Lib Dem Housing Spokesperson, adds:

“These figures are a shameful testament to current Labour governance. This means that 5,447 families are without a proper home in Haringey. Residents have continually had to bear the brunt of an ineffective local council, unable and seemingly unwilling to tackle this housing crisis, and a national government hell bent on strangling council housing. It shows Labour’s complete failure to deal with housing needs.”

Note: figures from Department for Communities and Local Government Homelessness returns (quarterly)

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