Published: 20th Mar 2020

Homeless charity Shelter says more needs to be done to protect families living in temporary accommodation during Covid-19 outbreak.  There are currently 62,280 homeless families living in temporary accommodation in the UK, of which 9% are living in emergency B&B’s and hostels where they have to share facilities and often sleep in a single room. Following the outbreak of Covid-19, the government is advising those who experience symptoms or those who are particularly vulnerable, such as the elderly and those with underlying health conditions, to isolate. However, for individuals living in shared and often crowded accommodation, self-isolation may not be possible. Shelter is calling on the government to do more to help these people. Polly Neate, chief executive at Shelter said: ‘In the last few days, the government has acted swiftly to help renters and people sleeping rough by putting in place strong emergency measures to help safeguard these groups during … (To read the full article, subscribe below)