New report warns that that the rising number of older homeless will create significant extra pressures for councils | Local Government Association
The Local Government Association (LGA) says that older homelessness is a growing hidden phenomenon that needs greater understanding. Latest figures show that between April and June this year, councils accepted 620 people aged over 60 as homeless – at a rate of nearly 10 a day. This is up from the 270 accepted between October and December 2009, which was the lowest number since records began in 2005.
The LGA, which represents more than 370 councils in England and Wales, is warning that based on existing trends, this is set to double by 2025.
The LGA is calling for government to address the undersupply in specialist housing for older people, and an adaption to the implementation of welfare reforms to reduce the risk of homelessness. It says councils need to be able to borrow to invest in new council housing to increase supply, boost home ownership and reduce homelessness.