“Government housing benefit cut is making [unaffordable rent] homelessness worse, councils warn”

“The vast majority of councils believe the freeze on Local Housing Allowance rates for private renters will lead to a rise in homelessness, a survey by the LGA reveals.

It is calling on the Chancellor to lift the freeze in the Autumn Budget.

Cllr Judith Blake, LGA Housing spokesperson, said: “Without addressing the gap between private rents and LHA, the number of homeless families and children that councils will need to house in temporary accommodation will continue to increase, and our hopes to make a success of the Homelessness Reduction Bill will fade. …

The Independent revealed late last year that private renters being evicted at the end of their tenancy is now the most common cause of homelessness, and that the number of private tenants being declared homeless has trebled since 2010. “