B&B accommodation replaced by annexes as home for the homeless
Due to a recent crackdown on the use of B&Bs as accommodation for homeless people a rise in the use of annexes has occurred.
Since a government crackdown on council bed and breakfast use for homeless people the number of families being placed in emergency ‘annex’ accommodation in London has risen by a third.
Whilst it is illegal to house families and pregnant women in bed and breakfasts for more than six weeks there is no legal limit for annex accommodation which is self-contained with no shared facilities.
Figures obtained by Inside Housing show that the number of households placed in annexes grew from 3,766 to 4,927 between 2011/12 and 2012/13. By mid-January the figure for 2013/14 stood at 4,516 with almost a quarter of the financial year left.
Some campaginers have said annexes are much like ‘loophole’ accommodation, and argue the standard of accommodation varies widely from a bedroom with a gas ring and bathroom to a plush studio flat.
Andy Gale, a former government homelessness advisor, said: “Councils are under pressure from the government to get families out of bed and breakfasts and the only solution is to switch them from B&Bs to annexes.”
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