Worstall’s Fallacy at large:
Last year, 112,070 people declared themselves homeless in England – a 26% increase in four years.
Local councils have a statutory duty to house some – such as pregnant women, parents with dependent children and people considered, for a variety of reasons, vulnerable (single people rarely qualify). Last year, 112,070 people in England approached their council as homeless, a 26% increase on the figure four years ago.
112,070 people would be homeless if it were not for the systems we have put in place to house those who would be homeless.
Maybe the system could be better but what we actually want to know is how many people are really without a roof over their heads:
The government’s Department for Communities and Local Government estimated that across England, 2,414 people slept rough on any one night last year, a rise of 36% since 2010
I’ve seen it said that absent mental health or addiction problems “real” homelessness is pretty much a solved problem.