A 10-week old baby, born prematurely, died after his parents and sister were evicted from social housing in Warwickshire following the withdrawal of tenancy support, a serious case review has found.
“John,” who was ten-weeks old, died on the night the family was forced from their home in September 2013.
He died during the night while sharing his grandparents’ sofa with one of his parents, Warwickshire Safeguarding Children Board (WSCB) said.
A serious case review into the incident found the eviction had taken place after the social housing agency had withdrawn the family’s tenancy support.
The damning report also ruled a wide range of organizations and state agencies “could have done more” to help the family handle the eviction.
Figures published by homelessness charity Shelter at the start of the year warned that 3 million households across the UK fear missing mortgage or rent payments.
The research found that an overwhelming 60 percent of Britons struggled to cope with their monthly housing costs in January.
Earlier this month, Prime Minister David Cameron unveiled plans to tackle Britain’s housing crisis by changing planning regulations and providing 200,000 discounted ‘starter homes.’
The policy was criticized by Eileen Short of campaign group Defend Council Housing, who said it will divert funds away from vulnerable families.
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