August 20, 2019
Thousands of children whose families face homelessness are living in converted shipping containers, office blocks and B&Bs, an alarming new report reveals. 
Thousands Of Children Living In Shipping Containers, Office Blocks And B&Bs
The study by Children’s Commissioner Anne Longfield estimates there could be as many as 210,000 homeless children in England, with 124,000 in temporary housing and 90,000 part of “sofa surfing” families. 
Longfield’s ‘Bleak Houses’ report also found that temporary housing is often not fit for human habitation, dangerous or very far away from their friends, family and school. 
Shipping containers are being re-purposed for use as temporary accommodation, the report found, leading to cramped conditions and shifting temperatures during the seasons.
Some parents also voiced fears about antisocial behaviour in the surrounding areas, forcing them to keep their children inside the small units instead.It is a scandal that a country as prosperous as ours is leaving tens of thousands of families in temporary accommodation for long periods of time, or to sofa surf.”Children's Commissioner Anne LongfieldPolly Neate, chief executive of housing and homelessness charity Shelter, called the analysis “damning” and said homelessness was “robbing… children of a decent childhood”.
“No child should be spending months if not years living in a converted shipping container, a dodgy old office block or an emergency B&B,” she said.
“But a cocktail of punitive welfare policies, a woeful lack of social homes and wildly expensive private rents mean this is frighteningly commonplace.
“We constantly hear from struggling families forced to accept unsuitable, and sometimes downright dangerous accommodation because they have nowhere else to go.
“The devastating impact this has on a child’s development and wellbeing cannot be overstated.”
Children and families told of the “deeply disruptive impact” moving away can have, with some 23,000 families in 2018 housed in temporary accommodation outside of their home council area.
The Children’s Commissioner Anne Longfield also expressed concerns about B&Bs used a temporary accommodation, creating “intimidating and potentially unsafe environments” for children.The bathroom in B&Bs is often shared with other residents and vulnerable adults, including those with mental health or drug abuse problems.
Of the 2,420 families known to be living in B&Bs in December 2018, a third had been there for more than six weeks – despite this being unlawful.
Analysis in the report, released on Wednesday, found that in 2017, around two in five children in temporary accommodation had been there for at least six months.
Around one in 20 – an estimated 6,000 children – had been there for at least a year.
The report warns that a further 375,000 children in England are in households that have fallen behind on rent or mortgage payments, putting them at financial risk of becoming homeless in the future.John Healey, Labour’s shadow housing secretary, added: “No child should be facing school again this September with no home to live in.“The number of homeless children has gone up every year since 2010 and the commissioner’s stark warning that over 200,000 children now have no home should make ministers hang their heads in shame.” 
Longfield said children had shared some disturbing experiences with her researchers as she called on government to act. 
“Something has gone very wrong with our housing system when children are growing up in B&Bs, shipping containers and old office blocks,” she said. 
“Children have told us of the disruptive and at times frightening impact this can have on their lives.
“It is a scandal that a country as prosperous as ours is leaving tens of thousands of families in temporary accommodation for long periods of time, or to sofa surf.” 
The government has previously acknowledged the UK’s housing crisis and ministers have said £1.2bn is being invested to tackle all forms of homelessness and £9bn was being pumped into an affordable housing programme. Related... 'Generation Rent' Could Become 'Generation Homeless' When They Retire, Report Warns Domestic Abuse Victims 'Forced To Choose Between Homelessness And Abusers' A Hardship Fund To Prevent No-Deal Brexit Hunger Must Be Created
Related Stories
Latest News
Top news around the world
Oscar 2020

See the list of 2020 Oscar Nominations including best picture, best actors and actresses, and more.

The 92nd Academy Awards ceremony, presented by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS), will honor the best films of 2019 and will take place at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood, Los Angeles, California.

Around the World

Celebrity News

> Latest News in Media

Watch It
New 'Soup' Host Quizzed On Reality TV's Wildest Moments | Page Six Celebrity News
February 20, 2020
DwNod1dBww8
How Sophie Turner and Joe Jonas got married twice | Page Six Celebrity News
February 18, 2020
vDdl34jkF_E
Teresa Guidice Admits To Joe Cheating On Housewives Hangover | Page Six Celebrity News
February 18, 2020
-Ko98-qfy7A
Simone Missick Misses Her 'Luke Cage' Character & Teases Altered Carbon Season 2
February 21, 2020
ur0wLc_Di6M
The Last Time I Cried at the Movies: Sundance Edition
February 20, 2020
DRkDLcGp9ak
Kerry Washington Has a Seat at the Table on 'Little Fires Everywhere'
February 18, 2020
TGFOuD8H7Co
Lili Reinhart Says Luke Perry Visited Her in a Dream | Daily Pop | E! News
February 21, 2020
tpr4t5LpgiI
Kylie Jenner Has "Had Enough of 2020" | Daily Pop | E! News
February 21, 2020
WqkoFyLrSPg
Kim Kardashian & Kanye West "Split the Buffet" With KFC Bucket | Pop Of The Morning | E! News
February 21, 2020
P_V2Uq9HOZg
Dr. Phil Jabs at His Dad in Hollywood Walk of Fame Speech | TMZ
February 21, 2020
wPOiuR8Nw-w
Pop Smoke's Family Reeling, Immersing Themselves in Murder Investigation | TMZ NEWSROOM
February 21, 2020
A9CuBsN4k60
Paris Hilton Dances to Britney Spears at Her 39th Birthday Bash | TMZ
February 21, 2020
3hmNgxliewE
TV Schedule
Late Night Show
Watch the latest shows of U.S. top comedians

Sports

Latest sport results, news, videos, interviews and comments
Latest Events
21
Feb
ITALY: Serie A
Brescia - Napoli
21
Feb
SPAIN: La Liga
Real Betis - Mallorca
19
Feb
ENGLAND: Premier League
Manchester City - West Ham United
17
Feb
ENGLAND: Premier League
Chelsea - Manchester United
17
Feb
ITALY: Serie A
AC Milan - Torino
16
Feb
ITALY: Serie A
Lazio - Inter Milan
16
Feb
SPAIN: La Liga
Real Madrid - Celta Vigo
16
Feb
ENGLAND: Premier League
Arsenal - Newcastle United
16
Feb
ITALY: Serie A
Cagliari - Napoli
16
Feb
ITALY: Serie A
Juventus - Brescia
Find us on Instagram
at @feedimo to stay up to date with the latest.
Featured Video You Might Like
pQ9gcOoH9R8 g5MRDEXRk4k tudKp5Vhs3k iwWHibhssSo kQr0XHPbICM 5NeCb7JxaRk u5xQKdNqazE 56CdjlzJqSA kw7uFRs-Az0 xNv0JZWLV7w j_x1lr04a6Q lrYGH-drP8s
Copyright © 2020 Feedimo. All Rights Reserved.