Settling the unsettled: Life in temporary accommodation

21 January 2019

The number of London households in temporary accommodation has risen by 50% in the past 5 years, including around 90,000 children.


As rents are rising across the capital so are arrears and evictions, particularly those who depend on benefits to pay their rent.


London councils have a statutory duty to provide accommodation for those deemed homeless. However, councils are finding it increasingly difficult to find enough temporary accommodation to meet the demand.


Tomorrow, the London Assembly Housing Committee will discuss the link between those who find themselves in temporary accommodation and the current climate of welfare reforms.


The guests are:


From 10am


  • Natalie Williamson, Senior Policy Officer, Residential Landlords Association
  • Lee Georgiou, Housing Needs Manager, London Borough of Lewisham
  • Julia Pitt, Director of Gateway services, London Borough of Croydon
  • Matt Campion, Chief Executive, Shepherd’s Bush Housing Group


From 11am:


  • Deborah Halling, Senior Policy Officer, GLA Housing & Land
  • Richard d’Souza, Head of the Universal Credit Engagement Division, Department for Work & Pensions
  • Mark Baigent, Director of Place Limited, Interim Divisional Director, Housing and Regeneration, London Borough of Tower Hamlets


The meeting will take place on Tuesday, 21 January at 10.00am in Committee Room 5, City Hall (The Queen’s Walk, London SE1).


Media and members of the public are invited to attend

The meeting can also be viewed LIVE via webcast or Youtube 


Follow us on Twitter and take part in the meeting discussion using #AssemblyHousing and #TempHousing

Notes to editors

  1. Read the agenda papers.
  2. Sian Berry AM, Chair of the Housing Committee, is available for interviews. Please see contact details below.
  3. Housing Committee.
  4. As well as investigating issues that matter to Londoners, the London Assembly acts as a check and a balance on the Mayor.

For media enquiries, please contact Funmi Olutoye on 020 7084 2713.  For out of hours media enquiries, call 020 7983 4000 and ask for the London Assembly duty press officerNon-media enquiries should be directed to the Public Liaison Unit on 020 7983 4100.

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