Published: 13th Jan 2021

Around 450 primary schools’ worth of children are spending lockdown in temporary accommodation, according to council leaders. New figures published by the Local Government Association (LGA) show there are 127,240 children living in temporary accommodation, including 1,440 households with children in bed and breakfasts. The LGA said the number of children having to spend the latest national lockdown in temporary accommodation reinforces the urgent need for the government to ensure building of more affordable homes to rent, which is central to our recovery from the pandemic. It has also set out a six-point plan of further action the government can take during these critical weeks to protect renters and prevent further homelessness once the ban is lifted. The plan includes giving councils more powers to buy up empty homes, an immediate review of the overall benefits cap in the context of the pandemic and banning ‘no fault evictions’. ‘Living in … (To read the full article, subscribe below)