Redbridge has the highest rate of households in temporary accommodation in London, latest government figures show.

The statistics come from recent data released by the Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities (DLUHC), covering October to December 2022.

In Redbridge, the rate lands at 26.2 households per 1,000 living in temporary accommodation.

This means 2,872 households were in temporary accommodation in the final quarter of last year in Redbridge.

This is compared to 58,370 households in temporary accommodation across the whole of London.

The data also reveals that the number of households in England living in temporary accommodation has topped 100,000 for the first time in almost 20 years.

John Glenton, executive director of Riverside which describes itself as the largest provider of accommodation for people affected by homelessness, said the latest statistics are worrying but unsurprising.

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He said: “It is very worrying to see the number of households in temporary accommodation hit their highest levels in nearly 20 years.

“Sadly, it is not entirely surprising.

“We now face a perfect storm of factors driving more people into homelessness while giving us fewer good options to help them when they do.”

The number of households in temporary accommodation was 982 for Havering, 1,286 in Barking and Dagenham and 916 in Waltham Forest.

Polly Neate, chief executive of housing charity Shelter, said temporary accommodation “can mean having to move halfway across the country with their children, living a grim converted office block or sharing the bathroom of a dodgy B&B with strangers”.

She called on the Government to “immediately bring forward the long-promised Renters Reform Bill which will scrap Section 21 no-fault evictions for good”.

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A DLUHC spokesman said the “forthcoming renters’ reforms will deliver a fairer, more secure and higher quality private rented sector, reducing the risk of tenants becoming homeless”.

They acknowledged there is “more to be done to help families at risk of losing their homes”, citing money already pledged for councils to help prevent and tackle homelessness and cost-of-living payments given for people most in need.

Reporting by PA.