The “scandal” of homelessness among older people condemned

Independent Age has condemned new figures that show that in the latest quarter the number of homeless older people has gone up again, to 2,610. 

In response to the latest Homelessness statistics July to September 2023 in England, Morgan Vine, Head of Policy and Influencing at Independent Age said: “Figures released today show that in the latest quarter the number of homeless older people has gone up again, to 2,610. This is a scandal. With rents going up, and section 21 ‘no fault eviction’ notices remaining common practice in England, there are too many reasons why older people can find themselves without a place to call home.  

“No one wants to find themselves facing homelessness, yet there have been significant delays in protecting tenants. Recent reports that the ban on no-fault evictions in the Renters (Reform) Bill may be ‘watered down’ are extremely worrying.  

“If the Government is serious about preventing homelessness in later life, which has risen by over 50% in the last four years, it is vital that we have a full and immediate ban on ‘no fault’ evictions. Anything less leaves all renters, particularly those living in poverty in later life, at risk.”

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