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Homelessness in Swansea is getting worse despite 25 years of volunteer work from Shelter Cymru, charity bosses said today. In its silver anniversary year the charity revealed that around 229 families are currently listed as homeless in the city - 47 of them in B &Bs.

Shelter has blamed high house prices and the right to buy council houses for stopping young families getting homes for themselves.

HIGH HOUSE PRICES BLAMED FOR RISE IN HOMELESSNESS

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No one has mentioned the GMTV news feature this morning. Shelter has claimed the housing problem is even worse now that when the charity was first set up after the "cathy come home" program.

http://www.gm.tv/index.cfm?articleid=19163

Quotes from the page:

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Why a charity claims the problem of homelessness has worsened in the UK

Homeless charity Shelter is marking its 40th anniversary by warning that more than 100,000 households are living in temporary accommodation.

It urges the Government to build more social housing and says the homelessness crisis has deepened

To mark its 40th anniversary the charity is launching a report which claims the problem of homelessness has deepened since 1966 because of the massive decline in levels of social house-building.

According to Government figures:

The number of households in temporary accommodation in England has soared from 6,400 in 1976 to over 100,000

The building of social housing has fallen by 87% over the same period

Poor housing

Shelter estimates that over one million children are trapped in bad housing.

"With more than one million children in bad housing it is a national scandal that even more families are suffering the kind of long-term damage and insecurity witnessed in that heartbreaking film about homelessness.''

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A GMTV reporter also went to a families house showing an example of how bad things had got for this single monther. She had to move from her private rented accomodation beause the landlord had just given 2 months notice to move out. (BTL landlord in trouble???). She had to move back into her parents with her child in tow; both are living in the same room. Next door another relative is living in another single room. It is a sad state of affairs.

Anyone else catch the feature before going to work?

Edited by notanewmember

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No one has mentioned the GMTV news feature this morning. Shelter has claimed the housing problem is even worse now that when the charity was first set up after the "cathy come home" program.

http://www.gm.tv/index.cfm?articleid=19163

Quotes from the page:

"

Why a charity claims the problem of homelessness has worsened in the UK

Homeless charity Shelter is marking its 40th anniversary by warning that more than 100,000 households are living in temporary accommodation.

It urges the Government to build more social housing and says the homelessness crisis has deepened

To mark its 40th anniversary the charity is launching a report which claims the problem of homelessness has deepened since 1966 because of the massive decline in levels of social house-building.

According to Government figures:

The number of households in temporary accommodation in England has soared from 6,400 in 1976 to over 100,000

The building of social housing has fallen by 87% over the same period

Poor housing

Shelter estimates that over one million children are trapped in bad housing.

"With more than one million children in bad housing it is a national scandal that even more families are suffering the kind of long-term damage and insecurity witnessed in that heartbreaking film about homelessness.''

_____________________________________________________________________________________

A GMTV reporter also went to a families house showing an example of how bad things had got for this single monther. She had to move from her private rented accomodation beause the landlord had just given 2 months notice to move out. (BTL landlord in trouble???). She had to move back into her parents with her child in tow; both are living in the same room. Next door another relative is living in another single room. It is a sad state of affairs.

Anyone else catch the feature before going to work?

Yes, I saw it. But there was no reference to house prices, just shortage of homes.

Edited by Casual Observer

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Cathy Come Home caused such a stirring in the nation that people said "Never again!". Sadly, Times change, things stay the way they are.

If we had a true Media then tonight, the anniversary of the first showing of Cathy Come Home, it would not only be shown again but discussed in depth to see whether our Society had improved or not. Instead, we get Relocation, Relocation, Relocation.

Today's so-called journalists and documentary film-makers probably have never even heard of the programme.

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Yes, I saw it. But there was no reference to house prices, just shortage of homes.

Hi,

The work of Shelter was also the basis of the recent Johann Hari article in the independent, posted and debated here just a couple of weeks ago. Yes, we have reached record number of homless faimlies and families living in temporary accomodation. In my experience of life, children, for the VAST majority of people, signals a change of priorities. I think you will find that many would love the opportunity to access to an affordable, secure environment they can call home. Unfortunatley, not all of them will be rocket scientists, BTL magnets, premiership footballers, big brother celeberaties, city traders, plumbers, etc.. How are vast majorities of families in this country going to support a faimly we then ask? Remember, the BoE and Treasury HAVE to keep wage inflation down. It is their stated aim at the moment to keep non-house inflation down (any other kind of inflation is fine, apparently). We cannot have wage levels to support the current level of house prices for the vast majorities of people. Seemingly, we also seem to lack the land (most of the country is not built on, the population is not really any bigger than 10-15 years ago when overpopulation was not been discussed, of course because it is a myth of estate agents and mortgage lenders), the entrepeunrialship skills or will to provide the majority of these people a chance to aspire to stable family homes. Does that sound like progress? Does that sound like the country has become wealthier in the last decade? Now ask yourself where then, is all this miracle GDP economic growth? It's been discussed often enough here and elsewhere.

Boomer

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Cathy Come Home caused such a stirring in the nation that people said "Never again!". Sadly, Times change, things stay the way they are.

If we had a true Media then tonight, the anniversary of the first showing of Cathy Come Home, it would not only be shown again but discussed in depth to see whether our Society had improved or not. Instead, we get Relocation, Relocation, Relocation.

Today's so-called journalists and documentary film-makers probably have never even heard of the programme.

Excellent post

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