Almost half of illegal B&B placements occur in three London councils
Recent statistics released by the Department for Communities and Local Government have found that three London councils are illegally housing 159 families in bed and breakfast accommodation for over six weeks.
These three councils make up 44% of all unlawful placements from over 300 authority areas. From the end of March this year, Brent council has 59 families in bed and breakfast for over six weeks, Hillingdon had 51 and Tower Hamlets had 49, reports Inside Housing.
Under the Homelessness (Suitability of Accommodation) (England) Order 2003 it is illegal to place families with children or pregnant women in bed and breakfast accommodation for six weeks or more under any circumstance.
All three councils were invited to bid for a £1.9m central government pot of extra funding to help cope with homelessness however none were successful with their bids.
A Tower Hamlets council spokesperson said: “Tower Hamlets council’s £270,000 bid was unsuccessful. The council is continuing to work hard to reduce the use of bed and breakfasts for homeless households and, despite not being awarded with funding, has been looking at alternative ways to tackle these concerns.”
Margaret McLennan, lead member for regeneration and housing at Brent Council, said: “The council applied for £255,000 in funding from DCLG. We were not allocated funding but we are doing everything we can to move families out of bed and breakfast accommodation.”
A spokesperson from Hillingdon council said: “We bid £300,000 from the DCLG but were unsuccessful with that bid.”
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