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Growing number of working homeless

Geoff Riley

23rd July 2018

Take a moment to consider what the term 'working homeless" means in the context of Britain in 2018. These are people with a job, often full-time but on well below median earnings. According to a new report from the housing charity and pressure group Shelter, more than half of homeless families across England are in work but soaring rent and a lack of social housing are pushing them into temporary accommodation, often wholly unsuitable for families with young children. In-work poverty and working homelessness are issues rising towards the top of the policy agenda in a labour market with employment at record highs and (recorded) unemployment nudging down towards 4 per cent of the labour force.

Here are some links to the issue of the causes and impact of growing working homelessness.

There are now about 33,000 “working homeless” – or 55% of all households in temporary accommodation – compared with 19,000 in 2013

Guardian: Shelter warns of leap in working homeless as families struggle

BBC: More than half of homeless families in work, says Shelter

The Big Issue: Channel 4’s ‘Dispatches’ uncovers the hidden reality of the working homeless

Geoff Riley

Geoff Riley FRSA has been teaching Economics for over thirty years. He has over twenty years experience as Head of Economics at leading schools. He writes extensively and is a contributor and presenter on CPD conferences in the UK and overseas.

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