Today I co-chaired the Parliamentary Group on Ending Homelessness’ meeting on the impact that homelessness has on children.
Shockingly, in June 2020, there were 120,000 children living without a settled home in temporary accommodation in England. The impact can be devastating in whole families and especially the life chances of children.
Today, we heard first-hand accounts from people who, with their whole family, have been trapped in just one small room during lockdowns and covid. One room to exercise, study and sleep for a whole family. Some people have even been forced to share share bathrooms and kitchens with strangers.
The group is asking the Government to do more to end homelessness and to tackle the problems these families have faced, including establishing a simple notification system to ensure all appropriate services (like GPS and councils) are fully aware of the living conditions of the people they see.