More than 250 people across Mansfield and Ashfield are officially homeless

Shelter says more than 320,000 people across the UK are homeless. Photo: PA/Yui Mok
Shelter says more than 320,000 people across the UK are homeless. Photo: PA/Yui Mok

Hundreds of people in Mansfield and Ashfield are homeless, according to a new report from housing charity Shelter.

Shelter’s analysis of the most recent data from the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government shows that an estimated 136 people in Mansfield and 122 in Ashfield are homeless.

The vast majority, 238, are in temporary accommodation, which includes those in hostel beds, living in B&Bs or with their own arrangements such as staying temporarily with different friends.

The remaining 20 were recorded as sleeping rough.

Across the East Midlands, one in 655 people are homeless – the sixth-highest rate of England’s nine regions.

The number of homeless people in the region has risen by six per cent since 2017, reflecting the four per cent increase across Britain.

An estimated 320,000 people are now homeless in Britain – 12,600 more than last year.

Sheler has described the scale of homelessness across the country as ‘unforgivable’, saying action needs to be taken ahead of the winter months.

Polly Neate, Shelter’s chief executive, said: “It’s unforgivable that 320,000 people in Britain have been swept up by the housing crisis and now have no place to call home.

“These new figures show that homelessness is having a devastating impact on the lives of people right across the country.

“Due to the perfect storm of spiralling rents, welfare cuts and a total lack of social housing, record numbers of people are sleeping out on the streets or stuck in the cramped confines of a hostel room.

“We desperately need action now to change tomorrow for the hundreds of thousands whose lives will be blighted by homelessness this winter.”

James Brokenshire MP, Secretary of State for Communities, said: “No-one should be left without a roof over their head, which is why we are determined to end rough sleeping and respond to the causes of homelessness.

“We are investing more than £1.2 billion to tackle all forms of homelessness and a new law requires councils to support people sooner to help prevent them becoming homeless in the first place.

“Our rough sleeping strategy, support for councils and those working on the front line are helping to get people off the street and into accommodation as we enter the colder winter months.”

He said the Government’s £9 billion Affordable Homes Programme was ensuring that local authorities had the support they needed to build more council homes.

He added: “But we know that there is more that we need to do and we’re committed to working with Shelter and others to make a positive difference on this important issue.”