A freedom of information request by Torbay Liberal Democrats has revealed the extent of the housing crisis in Torbay.
The party asked for figures for homelessness application over the last 5 years. In 2012/13 382 requests for urgent housing totalled 382. By 2017/17 that figure had leapt to 663.
When the Liberal Democrats asked how many people had been accepted as needing urgent housing against the council’s tough criteria the figures were even more startling.
These show a leap in the last two years of nearly 200 per cent from 58 in 2015/16 to 166 by April of this year.
Swithin Long a Spokesman for Torbay Liberal Democrats said:
“These are just figures but they represent a scale of level misery that is unprecedented in Torbay. Adequate shelter is one of the basics of life, without it relationships break down, mental health worsens and physical health can be undermined.
“We know from street homelessness figures that there is a growing crisis but these figures show that families with a statutory right to housing are also ending up needing emergency B&B accommodation where they can be stuck for many months.
“Torbay is notorious for having the lowest percentage of social housing in the region and the Tory Mayor has made no effort to increase the supply of decent rented homes which could have reduced these figures.
“Central Government is taking some steps to tackle the homelessness crisis nationally. It’s time that Torbay’s Tories also responded with a bold local strategy rather than just ignoring it which they are at present”Follow