Hidden homelessness costs £1.4 bn a year, says charity

    Homelessness charity Crisis has called on the government to
    undertake a census of Britain’s hidden homeless to start to
    tackle a problem it estimates is costing the country £1.4bn a
    year, writes Paul Stephenson.

    The charity also warned that the number of people living in bed and
    breakfast accommodation or hostels, or in temporary arrangements
    with family or friends could rise from an estimated 380,000 to one
    million by 2020.

    Launching a campaign this week to publicise the scale of the
    problem, the charity said the huge cost of hidden homelessness came
    from temporary accommodation costs and benefit payments, together
    with lost income.

    It said the government must recognise hidden homelessness as a
    major social problem, and establish the scale and distribution of
    the total homeless population, so that it can start to address the
    needs of these people.

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