£10m help for the home­less

50 new homes to be bought as tem­po­rary ac­com­mo­da­tion

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - NEWS - By Joel Lamy [email protected] Twit­ter: @PTJoelLamy

Up to 50 homes are set to be bought by Peter­bor­ough City Coun­cil to pro­vide tem­po­rary ac­com­mo­da­tion for home­less fam­i­lies.

The au­thor­ity has set aside £10 mil­lion to pur­chase the city prop­er­ties on the open mar­ket.

The homes are ex­pected to have all been bought by March 2019 and will pro­vide a wel­come boost for the coun­cil which has strug­gled with a home­less­ness cri­sis since April 2016.

The sharp rise in house­holds need­ing as­sis­tance was put down to wel­fare re­forms and a greater tax bur­den on land­lords. It led to the coun­cil send­ing fam­i­lies to stay in Trav­elodges in places such as Sh­effield and Le­ices­ter, with some even be­ing of­fered a place to sleep in Manch­ester.

A coun­cil spokesman said the new homes will help “sig­nif­i­cantly re­duce our re­liance on Trav­elodges for tem­po­rary ac­com­mo­da­tion”.

He added: “We’re par­tic­u­larly in­ter­ested in two/three bed prop­er­ties and some four bed units in ar­eas close to schools as many peo­ple in need of tem­po­rary ac­com­mo­da­tion are fam­i­lies with chil­dren.

“We are aim­ing to com­plete all of the pur­chases by Fe­bru­ary/March 2019.”

The spokesman said the homes will be spread “around the city” but would not give spe­cific ar­eas as some of the deals are still in progress.

Money for the pur­chases was agreed by coun­cil­lors back in July dur­ing the bud­get-set­ting process.

A re­port out­lin­ing the de­ci­sion to buy the prop­er­ties also in­di­cates that the coun­cil is buy­ing a small num­ber of res­i­den­tial prop­er­ties which are part of the pro­posed North West­gate devel­op­ment, north of Queens­gate shop­ping cen­tre.

The re­port states: “If these prop­er­ties are va­cant they will be used for tem­po­rary ac­com­mo­da­tion pur­poses, and if ex­pen­di­ture is re­quired to bring them up to a suit­able stan­dard an as­sess­ment will be made to en­sure any ex­pen­di­ture is re­cov­er­able from the sav­ings made by re­mov­ing house­holds from bed and break­fast ac­com­mo­da­tion.”

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