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Nearly 5,000 children in Newham are homeless

PUBLISHED: 15:00 03 April 2015

There are nearly 5,000 homeless children in Newham

There are nearly 5,000 homeless children in Newham

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Nearly 5,000 children in Newham are homeless, according to figures published yesterday.

Altogether, 4,994 children live in temporary accommodation across Newham, putting it third in a list of London boroughs with the highest number of homeless children, behind Haringey and Brent.

In the last two years, Newham has seen a 42 per cent increase, with 1,483 more children, living in temporary accomodation since 2012 - according to figures analysed by Labour MP Dame Tessa Jowell and released from the Department for Communities and Local Government.

A spokesman for Newham Council said the problem surrounding homelessness is “exacerbated” by central London boroughs placing hundreds of homeless families in temporary accommodation in the borough, “reducing suitable properties available” to Newham.

He added: “We are doing all we can to ensure Newham has good quality affordable housing which is fairly distributed. We have invested in Local Space, a not-for-profit landlord which provides quality temporary accommodation.

“We have created Red Door Ventures, a company that will build and buy at least 3,000 new homes for rent – with up to half offered at subsidised rents. We have also established a shared equity scheme to assist Newham residents to access affordable home ownership.”

The analysis showed that 72,100 children are living in temporary accommodation in London, this represents an increase of 25 per cent in three years, and 10 per cent in a year.

Dame Jowell said: “It’s heartbreaking to see so many children in Newham growing up without the basic necessity of their own home. The fact that nearly 5,000 Newham children are homeless is bad enough. But if you look at London as a whole, the situation should shame us all.

“Over 70,000 London children – the equivalent of every single child in a city the size of Newcastle – have no home. We are a city of billionaires and millionaires, yet child homelessness is disgracefully high and rising.

“Inequality is robbing these children of their childhood. We have to build more houses, we have to tackle the inequality in London and we have to start binding our city back together to build one London not two.”

3 comments

  • Your article fails to mention that the "subsidised" rents on offer via Newham Council's privately rented housing company (Red Doors Ventures Ltd) are 80% of market rate rents. A fact that places a mighty large question mark over the claim that such properties will be affordable.

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    Mike Law

    Thursday, April 9, 2015

  • Dame Jowell said: “The fact that nearly 5,000 Newham children are homeless" Well Ms Jowell they are not Newham children are they? The article states that they are being put here by other London Boroughs. Instead of trying to score political points perhaps you should do something about others dumping their problems on an already overcrowded Newham. Also the councils policy of building more flats is just encouraging more people into overcrowded Newham - are other London Boroughs taking their equal share? I bet not!

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    Harry Slider

    Saturday, April 4, 2015

  • Why are all these people being dumped in Newham one of the poorest boroughs. Why hasn't better off boroughs got the same numbers. Either the council are far too welcoming or there is a plot by certain factions to push all the needy people into one place. Newham is already overcrowded and detrimental to the existing residents. Places for these people should be found elsewhere not just dumped in Newham - Ridiculous!

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    Harry Slider

    Saturday, April 4, 2015

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