Published: 22nd Aug 2019

Overcrowding in England has reached record levels with 130,000 families currently living in one-bedroom flats, according to a new report. The report by the National Housing Federation warns a ‘stark lack’ of housing in England is driving this overcrowding. According to the NHF, around 145,000 new social homes every year need to be built every year, including 90,000 for social rent. Last year only 6,000 social-rented homes were built, as a result of sharp Government cuts to funding for new social housing in 2010. The report comes just a day after the Children’s Commissioner for England, Anne Longfield warned that there are 216,000 children in England living in temporary accommodation. A poll, carried out by ComRes for the NHF, found that as many as 627,000 children are forced to share a bedroom with their parents. And in more than a quarter of overcrowded homes, children even have to share a bed with … (To read the full article, subscribe below)