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Vital Statistics

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The quarter ending March 1999 saw 61,960 households registered homeless by councils, compared with 60,450 a year before, a rise of 3 per cent.

The detr adds that 29 per cent of those cases were because relatives or friends refused to accommodate them, 24 per cent suffered breakdown of relationships, and five per cent ran up mortgage arrears.

Almost three in five of the households accepted in the March 1999 quarter had dependent children.

The total number of households in bed and breakfast was 6,500, up by 400 from the position at

the end of December 1998. The peak 1991 level was 13,550.

The housing market is about to surge, says the ft, with mortgage lending by uk banks reaching the £1.2 billion in May for the second month ever, and was £440 million higher than at the same time last year.

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