National politics

No perspective on homelessness

I saw this from Radio 4 World at One’s Martha Kearney today:


Of course voices on the left were jumping all over it pretty quickly:



Another one of those terrible Tories stories. Kearney said “New figures” but it did sound a bit familiar though. A quick Google search threw up:

The driver for this coverage is these statistics published today.

Temporary accommodationThis chart from the report shows that we have been here before. Homelessness, in terms of households in temporary accommodation was worse than it is now from Q2 2000 to Q4 2009 inclusive. So Labour’s record was very poor. Homelessness was worse in relatively good times than it is now. It is increasing but it would be nice if the BBC could give us some perspective on the driver of these changes.

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