800% rise in homeless families housed in B&Bs for over six weeks
Published by Max Salsbury for 24dash.com in Local Government and also in Communities, Housing
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The amount of homeless families being housed in B&Bs for over six weeks has risen by 800% since 2010's general election, new figures have revealed.
Freedom of Information requests by the Labour Party to 325 councils discovered that 125 had placed families in B&Bs for six weeks or more.
It is illegal for local authorities to use B&Bs to house homeless people for longer than six weeks.
Of the 325 councils approached, only 242 responded.
Last week it was revealed that Westminster City Council is paying over £1,500 per week to house homeless families in West End hotel rooms.