London boroughs spending over Â£0.5bn on emergency accommodation
- 24 Jan
Since the last general election London boroughs have spent over half a billion pounds on emergency accommodation for homeless people.
Councils have spent a total of £630m on accommodation consisting of hotels and bed and breakfasts for families found as homeless.
Freedom of information requests revealed in a Press Association reports highlight that Haringey Council had the largest bill. It had spent a total of £197m on emergency accommodation, reports Inside Housing.
Shadow housing minister, Emma Reynolds said that the figures showed the government's "failure to tackle the housing crisis".
"The number of families with children living in bed and breakfasts is at a 10-year high which is causing misery for them but is also costing the taxpayer more with local authorities having to spend more on emergency accommodation because of the government's failure," she said.
Chief executive of Shelter, Campbell Robb, said families in temporary accommodation had "no chance to put down roots or bring up their children in a stable home".
Housing minister Chris Hopkins responded to the figures by saying homelessness was falling. "We have retained a strong homelessness safety net protected in law, supported by £470 million of funding (over and above general grant to local authorities) in the current spending review to prevent and tackle homelessness, rough sleeping and repossessions," he said.
What do you think of this? Tweet us your comments @suppsolutions
Image source: http://www.sxc.hu/photo/1193076
- 11 Sep
New service to support homeless people in Birmingham
A new dedicated Homeless Street Triage car will be responding to the rising number of calls reporting homelessness, begging and anti-social drinking in the city, reports 24dash.In the last year â...
- 09 Sep
Gym in Kent hopes to improve health and fitness of homeless people
Riverside is a specialist in working with single homeless people to help them get their lives back on track and into accommodation. Their new project, a gymnasium, has been funded by the Riverside...
- 08 Sep
The cost of homelessness in Hackney doubles
Figures have shown that the cost of homelessness in 2009/10 was Â£3,092,255 compared to Â£7,167,440 in 2014/15, with a cut on staff spending from Â£3,239,653 to Â£2,608,491 reports 24dash.Hackney...
- 04 Sep
Two homelessness services to be investigated
The Scottish Housing Regulator is set to investigate every aspect of services offered by Dumfries and Galloway Council, whilst also examining how homeless people access help and support at Scottish...
- 03 Sep
Homeless project for young people under threat due to cuts
Platform for Life was expected to attract interest from numerous housing associations with its scheme to convert properties into accommodation for young people in further education, training or work,...
- 01 Sep
Charities warns Irish government of homelessness crisis
Social Justice Ireland is calling for a new funding system that will meet the demand and reveal that only 20 council homes for families have been completed within the first three months of this year,...
- 26 Aug
Newspaper office to become a centre for homeless people
The old office for the Doncaster Free Press is being transformed into flats and other facilities for people who are homeless, reports Hold the Front Page.Â The building is being turned into...
- 20 Aug
Cuts leaving people in Cheltenham needing homelessness support
Bosses at CCP and Cheltenham Borough Council have said the âdevastating impactâ of benefit cuts in the town are causing issues for many people, report the Gloucestershire Echo.Over the past few...
- 19 Aug
Concern that homelessness in Cambridge is at âtipping pointâ
Not only do figures show a rise in quarterly numbers by 24 households, they also reveal that over 350 cases were placed in temporary accommodation over the last year, which was a rise of 50 cases on...
- 11 Aug
Charities say Wales is âsetting an exampleâ for homelessness
A joint report by Crisis and the Joseph Rowntree Foundation has praised Welsh laws that are trying to address the issues of homelessness, reports the BBC.However they warn that the removal of...
Revenue Optimisation "I am really impressed with Support Solutions and how small organisations are supported with information and training" Susan Harrison (Tenant Support Services)