Number of families in temporary accommodation soars by 61% since the Tories came to power : Daily Mirror.

The number of families living in B&Bs has increased by more than a thousand in the last year alone.

The number of households in temporary accommodation has been branded a ‘national scandal’, and have soared by 61% since the Tories came to power.

Local authorities accepted 14,600 households as statutorily homeless in the first three months of 2017, with a total of 77,240 families in temporary housing.

And official figures show the number of families living in bed and breakfasts increased by more than a thousand in the last year alone.

And of the 6,590 families now living in B&Bs, more than 3,000 have dependent or expected children.

Councils put homeless families up in B&Bs when they don’t have enough temporary housing, with the number of families kept in such accommodation longer than the legal limit of six weeks leaping by 36% in a year.

The family in the one bed B&B temporary accommodation
The family in the one bed B&B temporary accommodation (Photo: Shelter)

Campaigners say B&B accommodation is often of very poor quality and unsuitable for families.

Of the 77,240 households in temporary accommodation. almost a third had been placed outside of their own local authority district.

Some 90% of those who had been moved were from London.

Lib Dem leader Tim Farron said: “In 2017 no-one should be homeless, living in a Bed and Breakfast or worrying whether they will have a roof over their head from one month to the next. This is a national scandal and the Government are doing nothing to actually tackle the problem.

“We need more houses built and they need to be the right kind of houses – social housing, truly affordable housing, and social rented properties.

Read More : Daily Mirror.

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