Housing needs, homelessness and lettings
This chapter considers the latest data and trends on housing needs and homelessness. In particular it discusses the continuing rise in the numbers of homeless
households in temporary accommodation, linked to the falling numbers of social housing sector relets, and welcomes the restored availability of
homelessness statistics for Scotland.
The Chapter comments on the new 'Sustainable Communities' programme to increase investment in affordable housing in the south east of England,
albeit from a historically low level. Even allowing for the increase investment in new affordable housing will remain well below the required level. Moreover
there will be no real growth in investment in affordable housing in the south west, despite new evidence that problems of affordability and access
to home ownership in the south west are rather greater than those in the south east (outside London).
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||Nearly 100,000 homeless households in temporary accommodation
||House prices and affordability Quarter 4 2002
||Proportion of working households aged 20-29 unable to purchase at lower quartile prices
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