£10m set aside for temporary housing in Oxford

  • Councils are allocating extra money in their budgets to deal with a rise in homelessness. Business Piggy Bank 3 Ver. 1

    Over the next year councils are planning to spend millions of pounds on more temporary accommodation for homeless families next year due to an increased need from welfare reforms and rising private sector rents.

    When finalising their budgets for 2014/15 Oxford council is planning to dedicate extra money to temporary accommodation from April. It has allocated £10m for 2014 to 2017 to purchase homes for families needing temporary accommodation. This is the first time money has been allocated for this purpose, reports Inside Housing.

    The city has noticed the impact of the recent welfare reforms, and has said that at the start of the financial year, 956 households were affected by the bedroom tax, this includes 660 council tenants.

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