The numbers of homeless families sent away from their home area has more than doubled over the past year, with people being sent hundreds of miles across the country.

Among the long-distance transfers were 41 London households re-homed in Birmingham, and 14 more across the rest of the West Midlands metropolitan area, as well as 12 sent to Greater Manchester.

As of June 2012, there were 8,170 households homed outside of their home local authority, by June this year, it had risen to 17,640.

Dan Wilson-Craw from pressure group Generation Rent said the Government needs to give councils support to invest in new housing.

He said: “Uprooting families harms all the communities involved. Children’s education is disrupted if they have to change or travel further to school.

“The areas these families are moved to tend to have poorer job markets, which is bad for both the new arrivals and job seekers who already live there. And by leaving their old areas behind, they lose long-time friends, colleagues and neighbours.”

Source: Homeless families forced to move from their local area doubles in a year – Mirror Online

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