Rise in B&B usage to accommodate homelessness in Milton Keynes
Over the past year Milton Keynes Council has paid over £1.2m on bed and breakfast bills this year in order to deal with their rising homelessness problem.
Milton Keynes Council has created a Housing Allocations Review group to deal with the rising issue of homelessness, reports Milton Keynes Citizen.
Chairing the group will be Lib Dem councillor Chris Williams said: “The problem is simple: the number of properties available does not equal the number of people needing housing. The only solution is for the council to build more homes itself and encourage more affordable housing to be built.”
Over the past year homelessness has risen by 28% with 1,111 applications received.
Many of them have been placed been bed and breakfast, with 21,925 ‘bednights’ purchased from private hotel owners during 2014/2015.
There are currently more than 120 households in B&Bs as far afield as Bedford. Many children and a significant number of people have lived there for more than six weeks.
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