130,000 homeless British children this Christmas

This 6 December 2018 video says about itself:

Child sobs as she find out she’ll be spending Christmas homeless

A video of a little girl sobbing after being told she has to spend her third Christmas in a hostel has highlighted the plight of the many young victims of Ireland’s housing crisis. The footage shows Poppy, four, sitting on a bed in a hostel in Dublin, Ireland, crying over not having ‘anywhere to stay’ this Christmas.

Poppy and her mother Leanne Dunleavy, 30, have been in and out of homeless shelters for the past two years.

From daily News Line in Britain:

Saturday, 8 December 2018

130,000 homeless children this Xmas

MORE than 130,000 homeless children will be living in temporary accommodation this Christmas in Britain, according to estimates by the homeless charity Shelter.

In the borough in which Parliament sits, Westminster, one in every eleven children is homeless. In Kensington and Chelsea, one of the richest boroughs in the country, one in every twelve has no permanent home.

Shelter said: ‘This figure lays bare the true scale of Britain’s worsening housing crisis, despite repeated government pledges to tackle the problem.’ The report also estimated that 9,500 children would spend Christmas Day in a hostel or other temporary accommodation, warning that the UK’s housing crisis is now being ‘felt across a generation’.

Meanwhile, food bank use around the UK is soaring, as more and more people are driven to the brink of starvation by this government’s austerity measures.

Baby Banks have now been set up where desperate parents are forced to come to feed and clothe their babies. More and more families are needing to use baby banks just to get by.

Research shows that, this year alone, more than 35,000 families have used baby banks to obtain vital items such as bottles, clothes, cots, nappies, wipes, prams and pushchairs. Comparable to food banks, baby banks give away basic baby items – largely donated by members of the public – that are crucial to people in need.

The steep rise in the use of baby banks is partly attributed to the introduction of the Tory government’s hated Universal Credit. Working parents can’t earn enough to cover rent, food and utilities on top of the necessities required to bring up a baby.

Former Labour welfare reform minister and Labour MP, Frank Field, said: ‘All too many families are being crippled financially by the cost of basic items for their babies.

‘It is hard-up families who are paying the price for the economic upheaval and austerity of the past decade.’

There are now more than 100 baby banks across the UK, including Little Village, which has three locations in London, in Camden, Southwark and Wandsworth; Stripey Stork that offers support in East Surrey; and Cascade Baby Bundles in Cheshire that helps families with children up to the age of 10.

Hundreds die on UK streets as homelessness reaches record levels: here.

Figures recently published by the Office for National Statistics show that 726 homeless people died in England and Wales in 2018, a rise of 22 percent on 2017. This is the highest recorded death-toll since reporting began and it is expected that the number will be higher for 2019: here.

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  19. ‘HUMILIATING, painful, depressing,’ says a new report released yesterday by homeless charity Crisis, highlighting the brutal realities of ‘sofa surfing’.

    The research shows that with over 71,000 sleeping on friends’ sofas for over six months, there is nothing temporary about ‘sofa surfing’.

    The report, based on interviews with 114 people who had experienced sofa surfing, shines a light on the horrific effects on a person’s mental and physical health, eroding their relationships and leaving them trapped sleeping on sofas and floors in the long term with no viable way out.

    The research also reveals the root causes forcing people to sofa surf in the first place.

    An overwhelming four-fifths of ‘surfers’ reported a downturn in their mental health.

    Many attributed this to the constant pressure of feeling like a burden, tension with their host, and insecurity of their living situation.

    A further three-quarters also told of the debilitating impact sofa surfing had on their physical health, reporting issues like extreme back and neck pain, chronic fatigue and the effects of poor diet with many having no access to cooking facilities.

    Crisis said: ‘Sadly, the isolation of sofa-surfing has also been revealed, with three-fifths saying they are seeing their friends and family less.

    ‘For many this was because they felt ashamed of their living situation and their close relationships fell apart, having overstayed their welcome. Particularly stark instances include mothers who could no longer see their young children.

    ‘For most, sofa surfing is not a one-off temporary situation or stepping-stone between homes – with a third having done so for between six months and three years.

    ‘A large number of people interviewed disclosed that they moved from one experience of sofa surfing straight to another and a significant proportion even went on to rough sleep after their last instance of sofa surfing.

    ‘It can be the beginning or part of long periods of homelessness where people move in and out of different forms, which are often insecure and dangerous. Failing to help people in this situation early on means we are allowing people to sofa surf long term, making it harder to leave behind for good the longer it continues.

    ‘The constant insecurity can make it even harder for people to move on, as over half of people interviewed told how sofa surfing had negatively affected them searching for and maintaining employment.’



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