Home­less fam­i­lies in B&Bs have dou­bled

Birmingham Post - - NEWS -

THE num­ber of home­less fam­i­lies sent to live in bed and break­fast ac­com­mo­da­tion by Birm­ing­ham City Coun­cil has dou­bled in just a year.

New of­fi­cial fig­ures show 574 Birm­ing­ham house­holds classed as home­less are liv­ing in bed and break­fasts.

That’s up from 272 house­holds the year pre­vi­ously.

And shock­ing fig­ures show that 168 Birm­ing­ham fam­i­lies with chil­dren have been stuck in B&Bs for at least six weeks.

The sta­tis­tics, pub­lished by the Min­istry for Hous­ing, Com­mu­ni­ties and Lo­cal Gov­ern­ment, sug­gest at­tempts to deal with the scan­dal of home­less­ness in Birm­ing­ham have not suc­ceeded.

The city coun­cil has also placed 143 Birm­ing­ham house­holds in hos­tels. Oth­ers have been found tem­po­rary ac­com­mo­da­tion in prop­erty owned by the coun­cil, or with a pri­vate land­lord.

In to­tal, there are 2,058 Birm­ing­ham house­holds classed as home­less and liv­ing in tem­po­rary ac­com­mo­da­tion pro­vided by the city coun­cil. This is up from 1,556 last year.

The fig­ures, pub­lished to­day, are a snap­shot show­ing the sit­u­a­tion on March 31 this year. Ear­lier this year, The Post re­vealed that more than 30 fam­i­lies had been liv­ing at the Trav­elodge in Frank­ley for more than a year, be­cause Birm­ing­ham City Coun­cil can­not find them ap­pro­pri­ate hous­ing.

Oth­ers have been moved into Trav­elodges in ar­eas in­clud­ing Yard­ley, Cas­tle Bromwich, Perry Barr and Sut­ton Cold­field.

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